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Local groups celebrate anniversary of 19th Amendment, encourage voting

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Posted at 9:10 AM, Aug 18, 2020
and last updated 2020-08-18 10:10:36-04

TULSA — Today marks one hundred years since the 19th Amendment was passed, granting women the right to vote.

A coalition of local groups are coming together in Tulsa to provide a press conference celebrating the 19th Amendment and providing information to encourage voting.

On Aug. 18, 1920, one hundred years ago, in Tennessee, a man legislator placed the deciding vote giving women the right to vote.

A week later, on August 26, 1920, the 19th Amendment was officially certified, enshrining a woman's right to vote into the U.S. Constitution.

The push for women's suffrage had been underway for years, starting in the mid-19th century. For decades, several generations of women's suffrage advocates marched, lobbied and practiced civil disobedience to get women the right to vote.

READ MORE: The 19th Amendment was passed 100 years ago today, officially granting women the right to vote

Several local groups and individuals are holding the press conference in Tulsa.

  • Sharon King Davis, Organizer
  • Chelsea McGuire Kester, chair, TYPROS
  • Lynn Staggs, president, League of Women Voters of Metropolitan Tulsa
  • Tommy Yap, co-founder, Tulsa Voter Van.

The press conference is being held at the Tulsa Historical Society and Museum at 10:30 a.m.

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