The Women's Legislative Network of NCSL is excited to announce our celebration of the ratification of the 19th amendment to the U.S. Constitution, known as the Suffrage Amendment State History (SASH) Campaign!
Aug. 18, 2020, marks the 100th anniversary affirming that the right to vote shall not be denied on the basis of sex. The Women's Network is proud to celebrate all the women who have contributed to American democracy in so many significant ways.
Fun fact: The first women to serve in a state legislature were Clara Cressingham, Carrie Holly and Frances Klock, all from Colorado. They were elected in 1894, the year after Colorado passed legislation allowing women to vote but a full 26 years before women could vote nationally.
Bookmark this page for lots of interesting #NCSLsash facts and information about suffragists from your state. NCSL's goal for this campaign is to make sure each state's history is represented and celebrated in recognition of this historic occasion.
We want to hear from you! Please contact us to share your state's story and the women who helped shape it. We are here to help: We can create press packets, gather information about the first women elected in your state or district and use our social media to share information about celebrations and events in your state. This is YOUR history: Please tell us what you'd like to see!
Check out NCSL's election newsletter, The Canvass, for more about suffrage history and state elections.
In the words of Dolly Parton, who appeared at the 2019 Legislative Summit in Nashville:
We've carried signs, we've cussed at times,
Marched up and down the streets.
We had to fight for women's rights,
Wore blisters on our feet.
We got tired of seein' all our dreams go up in smoke,
Burdens more than we could tote
Having lies crammed down our throats.
But that ol' dam finally broke
When women finally got the right to vote."