Today is the anniversary of ratification of the 19th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution which expanded voting rights to women. Kirsten Hughes, MassGOP Chair reminded us today that it was Massachusetts Republicans that led the charge.
“Massachusetts has always been a national leader and Bay State Republicans set that course by blazing the trail for the women’s suffrage movement when our state party became the first to seat women suffragettes at its convention”, said Hughes. “It fills me with pride to know that the amendment granting women the right to vote was first proposed by a Republican Senator and was finally passed when our Party wrested control of Congress in 1919. As a Republican woman, I am eternally thankful for my Party’s unwavering pursuit of freedom and opportunity for all Americans.”
The National Federation of Republican Women has more on the MassGOP’s role.
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The Women’s Rights Convention held in Seneca Falls, N.Y., in 1848 marked the beginning of the women’s suffrage movement in the United States. Two years later there was a nationwide meeting in Worcester, Mass.
By 1870, the Massachusetts Republican State Convention had already seated two suffragettes, Lucy Stone and Mary A. Livermore, as delegates. In addition, the National Republican Convention of 1872 approved a resolution favoring the admission of women to “wider fields of usefulness” and added that “the honest demand of this class of citizens for addit.