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Gillibrand pushes for Women's Suffrage Centennial Commission

Rochester Business Journal
September 2, 2016

U.S. Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand was at the Susan B. Anthony House on Friday to promote legislation that would establish a Women’s Suffrage Centennial Commission.

The bill would give the proposed commission authority to award grants to organizations in the Rochester-Finger Lakes region and across the country to support programs commemorating the 100th anniversary of the 19th Amendment, which gave women the right to vote.

Congress proposed the amendment on June 4, 1919, and it was ratified on Aug. 18, 1920.

“This legislation would help educate young people around the country about the unparalleled importance of the women’s suffrage movement in American history,” said Gillibrand, D-N.Y., in a statement.

“The 100th anniversary of the passage and ratification of the 19th Amendment will be a historic milestone, and I am thankful to Sen. Gillibrand for leading the charge to ensure that Susan B. Anthony’s legacy is celebrated, preserved and pushed forward,” Rochester Mayor Lovely Warren said.

Also supporting the proposed Women’s Suffrage Centennial Commission Act are Sens. Barbara Mikulski, D-Md.; Susan Collins, R-Maine; Debbie Stabenow, D-Mich.; Mazie Hirono, D-Hawaii; Patty Murray, D-Wash.; Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif.; Barbara Boxer, D-Calif.; Heidi Heitkamp, D-N.D.; Maria Cantwell, D-Wash.; Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass.; Tammy Baldwin, D-Wis.; and Amy Klobuchar, D-Minn.
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