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The Women's Suffrage Movement, which began with the Seneca Falls Convention in 1848, wrote a remarkable chapter in US history, resulting in passage of the 19th amendment in 1920. While the suffrage amendment enshrined women's right to vote in the Constitution, racial and economic barriers prevented many people of color from voting. In 2020 anti-democracy forces continue to expand their use of voter suppression tactics. The Centennial offers an opportunity to honor the hard-won victory, to celebrate the many additional accomplishments over the last 100 years and to commit ourselves to continue our work in a way that fully includes all women. Pass the ERA now!

The figures in the foreground (left to right) are Shirley Chisholm (1924-2005), the first Black woman in Congress; Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (1989- ) Congresswoman for New York's 14th congressional district and Jeannette Rankin (1880-1973) the first woman elected to Congress.

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