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26 August 2008

John Lewis Commemorates Anniversary of Women's Right to Vote

Rep. John Lewis (D - Georgia) released the following statement today on the 88th anniversary of the ratification of the 19th Amendment, guaranteeing women the right to vote:

"Today, we honor the women who gave all they had to become equal participants in our democracy. Suffragists like Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Susan B. Anthony saw beyond the limitations of legal restriction and cultural tradition and determined they would define themselves. Women have become one of the most powerful majorities in America, and they serve in some of the highest offices and corporate board rooms in the land. It was right, and it was necessary that this nation paved the way for the full and free participation of women as citizens in our society."