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Minnesota to mark a century of women’s suffrage at the Capitol

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Lawmakers returned to the Minnesota State Capitol Jan. 8, 2019, for the reconvening of the Legislature. Michael Brun / Forum News Service
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ST. PAUL — Minnesota will mark a century of women’s suffrage Sunday, Sept. 8, with a celebration at the state Capitol.

Minnesota was the 15th state to ratify the 19th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution on Sept. 8, 1919. Voting rights advocates, lawmakers and other groups will mark the 100th anniversary of ratification with an event at the Capitol from noon to 5 p.m. Sunday.

The celebration will include a commemoration in the Capitol Rotunda with featured speakers, activities at the Minnesota Women’s Suffrage Memorial including a parade and rally, marching band performances and other activities.

The League of Women Voters of Minnesota notes the ratification of the 19th Amendment did not extend the ballot to all women. Native American women did not win the right to vote until 1924 and most people of color were not able to exercise their rights until after the passage of the Voting Rights Act of 1965.

“Today is the commencement rather than the end of our work,” was how Minnesota suffragist Clara Ueland marked the ratification of the amendment 100 years ago.

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The League of Women Voters notes the event is nonpartisan, free and open to the public.

A schedule of activities is at www. lwvmn.org and a grant from Explore Minnesota is helping to fund the celebration.

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