WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senator Jacky Rosen (D-NV) released the following statement in celebration of the 100th anniversary of the 19th Amendment, which guarantees women the right to vote.
“As we celebrate 100 years since the ratification of the 19th Amendment, we remember all the trailblazers who paved the way for justice,” said Senator Rosen. “I stand with suffragettes then and now. We have a long way to go to achieve equity, but today, the progress made by tireless and talented women throughout history is worthy of celebration. I won’t stop fighting for women’s voices and for our equality in public office, in the board room, at home, in classrooms, and all across the globe.”
BACKGROUND: In recognition of the 19th Amendment’s significance, Senator Rosen contributed an essay to the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History on the women’s suffrage movement in Nevada and the importance of women gaining the right to participate in America’s democracy.
Last year, Senator Rosen joined her fellow female Senate colleagues in a bipartisan letter to the Citizens’ Stamp Advisory Committee requesting that the Committee recommend a stamp in honor of the 100th anniversary of the passage of the 19th Amendment, granting women the right to vote.
Senator Rosen is a co-sponsor of Senate Joint Resolution 15, the proposed Equal Rights Amendment (ERA), which if ratified, would constitutionally guarantee equal protection under the law to each American citizen, regardless of sex.
Senator Rosen is also a co-sponsor of Senate Joint Resolution 6, a bipartisan joint resolution that would remove the ratification deadline for the original Equal Rights Amendment, approved by Congress in 1972.
In 2017, Nevada became the 36th state to ratify the ERA. Illinois and Virginia followed suit soon after as the 37th and 38th states, respectively, reaching the three-fourths threshold needed for the amendment’s publication by the National Archives and Records Administration, which has not yet acted due to the expiration of the original ratification deadline.