STATEHOUSE (Feb. 1, 2019) — State Rep. Sharon Negele’s (R-Attica) legislation to help commemorate 100 years of women’s right to vote advanced out of the House of Representatives on Tuesday.
Negele said this legislation would create the Women’s Suffrage Centennial Commission to organize and promote activities to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the Nineteenth Amendment, which gave women the right to vote.
“Women in Indiana and across the country contributed greatly to the growth and success of our democracy,” Negele said. “Women’s suffrage was an important step forward for our country, and I look forward to the many celebrations commemorating it next year.”
Negele worked with Lt. Gov. Suzanne Crouch to create the commission and promote this milestone in America’s history.
“It is important we celebrate this milestone in our history by recognizing the hard work Hoosier women put into paving the way for future generations of women voters,” Crouch said. “I commend Representative Negele for putting forth legislation that will develop various ways to honor these female trailblazers.”
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.
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.
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