Governor signs 'monumental' new law sponsored by Teshka to honor Hoosier suffragettes

Posted by: Allison Vanatsky  | Tuesday, April 6, 2021 12:00 pm

STATEHOUSE (April 6, 2021) – The Statehouse will be home to a new monument honoring Hoosier suffragettes thanks to a new law sponsored by State Rep. Jake Teshka (R-South Bend).

Teshka said Senate Enrolled Act 6 recently signed into law by Gov. Eric Holcomb 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.

"Those who fought for the ratification of the 19th Amendment paved the way for women to have their voices heard at the ballot box and help lead our great nation," Teshka said. "Erecting a monument at the People's House in Indiana is a befitting tribute and will provide inspiration to generations to come."  

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

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

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State Rep. Jake Teshka (R-South Bend) represents House District 7,

which includes the majority of St. Joseph County.

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