Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand on Wednesday urged creation of a federal commission to honor the 100th anniversary of the 19th Amendment granting women the right to vote, making an appearance in Lake Ronkonkoma in her statewide campaign for a national commemoration.
Gillibrand (D-N.Y.) said Congress should pass a bill to create the commission and provide grants to private groups and governments to develop educational activities about the women’s suffrage movement and the amendment’s ratification on Aug. 18, 1920.
“The women’s suffrage movement was born in New York, and nearly a century after the 19th Amendment was passed and ratified, our state continues to be at the forefront of fighting for women’s rights, from paid family leave to equal pay for equal work,” she said in a statement.
“The 19th Amendment changed the world for the better, and it deserves our commemoration,” she said. The news conference was held at American Legion Post 155.
“The Women’s suffrage movement has a rich history here in New York and we are proud to be able to commemorate the amazing work of trailblazers such as Susan B. Anthony and Elizabeth Cady Stanton,” said Suffolk County Executive Steve Bellone in a statement.
The legislation was introduced in June by 14 women in the U.S. Senate at the Matilda Joslyn Gage Home in Fayetteville, N.Y., to honor the woman who planned, organized and wrote about the Women’s Suffrage Movement. The commemoration would occur in 2020.
The bill’s sponsors include the 14 Democratic women senators and Sen. Susan Collins (R-Maine). The five other Republican female senators have not signed onto the measure.