It's hard to believe that only 100 years ago,
the race to ratification of the 19th Amendment, giving women
the right to vote, began. On May 21, 1919, the U.S. House of
Representatives passed the amendment by a vote of 304 to 90
(the House also had approved the amendment in the previous
congress, but the Senate failed to concur),
Republican women across the country are already
beginning the celebration. Last month, at our Board of
Director's meeting, we got a preview from Rebecca Kleefisch,
now Executive Director of the Women's Suffrage Centennial
Commission. Events are planned next month in Iowa and Virginia
(see calendar below).
Through the months ahead, we will be
highlighting milestones along the road to ratification. The
right to vote is precious, and as Republican women it is our
duty to protect the sanctity of this precious gift.