Pelosi Statement on the 100th Anniversary of the House Passage of the 19th Amendment

May 21, 2019
Press Release

Contact: Speaker’s Press Office, 202-226-7616

Washington, D.C. – Speaker Nancy Pelosi issued the following statement to mark the 100th anniversary of the House passage of the 19th Amendment, which guaranteed women the right to vote:
 
“One hundred years ago, our nation took a momentous step forward when the House of Representatives passed the 19th Amendment, guaranteeing women the right to vote.  This historic achievement came as a result of generations of courageous women who fought to have their voices heard and to take their rightful place as full and equal citizens in our democracy.  Their success could not have been achieved without the tireless work of countless unsung heroes, women of color who bravely raised their voices against the injustices of gender, race and class.
 
“In the 100 years since women fought for and won the right to vote, they have helped deliver remarkable progress for our nation.  Today, Congress is blessed by the leadership of more than 100 women Members, who, just like the suffragists of the past, are fighting to protect and expand the sacred right to be heard at the ballot box for all Americans.  Yet, across the country, the right to vote is under attack from a brazen voter suppression campaign that is silencing the voices of American voters, particularly communities of color.
 
“Inspired by the legacy of generations of suffragists and guided by the vision and values of our women Members, Democrats are advancing bold legislation to protect the ballot and fulfill our founding promise of justice for all.  We will not rest until every American, regardless of their race, gender or zip code, can freely exercise the sacred right to vote, which is the mainstay of our American Democracy.”

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