06.04.19

U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin Celebrates 100th Anniversary of Senate Passage and Ratification of the 19th Amendment

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin today praised the unanimous Senate passage of the bipartisan resolution she cosponsored celebrating the 100th anniversary of the passage and ratification of the 19th Amendment, which granted American women the right to vote. The resolution, introduced by Senator Lisa Murkowski (R-AK), seeks to honor, reaffirm and preserve the historic precedent set by the ratification of the 19th Amendment in further promoting the core values of our democracy as promised by the U.S. Constitution.

“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,” said Senator Baldwin. “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.”

The full text of the resolution is available here.

Today, Senator Baldwin joined the 24 other women in the Senate for a bipartisan commemoration of the anniversary. Senators wore a yellow rose on their lapel throughout the day. The yellow rose, a symbol of the women’s suffrage movement, evokes the historic debate by the Tennessee legislature prior to becoming the final state to ratify the 19th Amendment in 1920. Those who supported women’s enfranchisement wore yellow roses, and antisuffragists wore red roses. Senator Baldwin also wore a purple ribbon to acknowledge the invaluable contributions of women of color to the suffrage movement.

Senator Baldwin’s Women’s Suffrage Centennial Commission Act, which was enacted in 2017, created a commission charged with planning and executing programs, projects and activities to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the passage and ratification of the 19th Amendment.