Governor signs 'monumental' new law sponsored by King, Miller to honor Hoosier suffragettes

Posted by: Allison Vanatsky  | Wednesday, April 7, 2021 11:00 am

STATEHOUSE (April 7, 2021) – The Statehouse will be home to a new monument honoring Hoosier suffragettes thanks to a new law sponsored by State Reps. Joanna King (R-Middlebury) and Doug Miller (R-Elkhart).

King said Senate Enrolled Act 6 extends the Indiana Women's Suffrage Centennial Commission's work to 2024 as they create a Statehouse monument honoring the 19th Amendment. The 2019 law creating the commission, which was tasked with commemorating the 100-year milestone of women's right to vote in Indiana, was set to expire this year.

"Thanks to the perseverance of suffragettes, I am able to serve our community and state as an elected official," King said. "A monument at our state Capitol building will honor their courage and tenacity, and stand as a permanent reminder of just how far we have come."

Indiana was the 26th state to ratify the 19th Amendment during a special session on Jan. 16, 1920.

"The suffragettes didn't just fight for their own right to vote, they fought for all women," Miller said. "It was not a quick movement, it took decades, and we want to memorialize their unwavering determination and ensure their efforts are not forgotten."

The new law provides that the monument shall be installed before Jan. 1, 2024.


State Rep. Joanna King (R-Middlebury) represents House District 49, 

which includes the eastern portion of Elkhart County.

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State Rep. Doug Miller (R-Elkhart) represents House District 48,

which includes portions of Elkhart County.

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