STATEHOUSE (June 13, 2019) – Gov. Eric Holcomb on Thursday ceremonially signed into law legislation authored by State Rep. Sharon Negele (R-Attica) commemorating 100 years of women’s right to vote.
Negele said the new law creates the Women’s Suffrage Centennial Commission, which will organize and promote activities to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the Nineteenth Amendment.
“We owe so much to the generations of Hoosier women who came before us,” Negele said. “They worked tirelessly to have women’s voices heard, and I am honored to play a role in creating the commission to commemorate their achievements.”
Negele worked closely with Lt. Gov. Suzanne Crouch on the legislation creating the commission and promoting this milestone in America’s history.
“I am continually inspired by the groundbreaking efforts women have made to ensure equality when voting,” Crouch said. “We are forever in their debt, because without their work, Indiana would not have such a strong force of female leaders in local and statewide positions.”
According to Negele, the Nineteenth Amendment was adopted on Aug. 18, 1920, to prohibit state and federal governments from denying women the right to vote. Indiana was the 26th state to ratify the amendment during a special session on Jan. 16, 1920.
To learn more about women’s suffrage and upcoming events, visit IndianaSuffrage100.org.
State Rep. Sharon Negele (R-Attica) represents House District 13, which includes all of Benton County,
and portions of Fountain, Jasper, Montgomery, Newton, Tippecanoe, Warren and White counties.
PHOTO CAPTION: Gov. Eric Holcomb (seated, center) signs legislation authored by State Rep. Sharon Negele (R-Attica) (seated, right) creating the Women’s Suffrage Centennial Commission into law Thursday, June 13, 2019, at the Statehouse. Negele said the commission will organize and promote activities to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the Nineteenth Amendment, which gave women the right to vote.