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 shall 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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CENTENNIAL SUFFRAGE DECLARATION

The Wisconsin 19th Amendment Suffrage Centennial Celebration Committee
& Wisconsin Historical Society

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​WHEREAS, while the 19th Amendment allowed many women to vote, minority women faced additional forms of discrimination so the Voting Rights Act of 1965 was an important but imperfect piece of legislation, needing to be strengthened by additional legislation in 1970, 1975, and 1982. Even now there are people still fighting for their voices in the polls, and

WHEREAS, the history of Wisconsin’s women’s suffrage movement is not a diverse one, we are a diverse state, and

WHEREAS, Wisconsin women are all unique, with different occupations, races, marital statuses, religions, education levels, economic statuses, sexual orientations, ages, and more but we are all unified by identifying as women, and therefore

BE IT RESOLVED, that as women we will make our voices heard in the polls and in political offices across this great state to form a better Wisconsin for future generations so that women and men may fully realize their rights as citizens and people.

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Women's Suffrage Centennial Celebration

June 10 | Wisconsin State Capitol Rotunda

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Photos courtesy of Middleton-Cross Plains Times-​​​​Tribune. Reprinted by permission.

More photos​ of the Women's Suffrage Centennial Celebration ​​from the Wisconsin State Journal.

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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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