FIRST TO RATIFY

​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​On June 10, 1919, Wisconsin made history by becoming the first state to ratify the 19th Amendment to the United States Constitution granting national suffrage to women. This early and important vote would pave the way for other states to follow suit.​  Learn more​

CELEBRATING 100 YEARS

​​​​Wisconsin 19th Amendment Suffrage Centennial Celebration Committee

AMENDMENT XIX

The right of citizens of the United States to vote sha​ll not be denied or abridged by the United States or by a​​​​​ny state on account of sex. 





THEIR STORIES. OUR LEGACY

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The League of Women Voters is also Celebrating 100 years!

100 Years Strong League of Women Voters

1920 - 2020

In 2019 and 2020, the League of Women Voters of Wisconsin (LWVWI) ​​will observe Centennial anniversaries for three seminal moments in the history of the League and our democracy:

  • June 10, 1919 - Wisconsin is the first state to ratify the 19th Amendment

  • February 14, 1920 - The League of Women Voters is founded

  • August 26, 1920 - The 19th Amendment declared in effect following final ratification on August 18, 1920


Local League Chapters throughout Wisconsin are planning educational and commemorative Centennial events and activities in their hometowns and regional communities from February through May 2020 - check the Event Calendar below to find events in your area. LWVWI is engaged in similar commemorative Centennial event planning at the state level. 


​​​​​​​​Learn More about the League of Women Voters, find a local chapter or the 100th Anniversary.


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"Now more than ever, it’s important that we celebrate and elevate women and  their contributions to our communities and our state while also acknowledging the important work we still have yet to do for equity, equality, and the inclusion of women across our state. I ​know this committee will serve as an important effort to educate folk​s and celebrate women's suffrage and the 19th  Amendment in Wisconsin."  Governor Tony Evers​​​


“A century ago, after decades of struggle by brave women and men, our nation finally extended to women the most fundamental right in our democracy – the right to vote. We still have more work to do, and more glass ceilings to break, but it is important to celebrate this monumental anniversary and all the progress that women have made in the last 100 years. This resolution recognizes and honors the struggle to secure the vote for American women and thereby taking a major step forward as a nation.”​  Senator Tammy Baldwin on the unanimous Senate passage of US Senate Resolution 212 cosponsored by Senator Baldwin celebrating the 100th anniversary of the passage and ratification of the 19th Amendment, which granted American women the right to vote. ​

Press Release​  

KEY DEFINITIONS 

Suffrage: From the Latin suffragium, a vote given in deciding a controversial question or electing a person for an office. 

Suffragist: A woman who fought for the right to vote. 

Suffragette: At the time of the women’s suffrage movement, a term used to belittle and demean suffragists. Over time, suffragette has become a popular term used to describe suffragists.​


Source: Wisconsin Historical Society, Women's Suffrage Toolkit​
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