Gil­li­brand touts women’s suf­frage com­mis­sion

Daily Freeman (Kingston, NY) - - LOCAL NEWS - Free­man staff

U.S. Sen. Kirsten Gil­li­brand came to the Eleanor Roo­sevelt Na­tional His­toric Site at ValKill on Fri­day to pro­mote the “Women’s Suf­frage Cen­ten­nial Com­mis­sion Act.”

The act, which the New York Demo­crat is co-spon­sor­ing and said has bi­par­ti­san sup­port, would es­tab­lish a Women’s Suf­frage Cen­ten­nial Com­mis­sion in honor of the 100th an­niver­sary of the rat­i­fi­ca­tion of the 19th Amend­ment to the Con­sti­tu­tion, which gave women the right to vote. The com­mis­sion would work with lo­cal and state gov­ern­ment, the fed­eral govern­ments, pri­vate or­ga­ni­za­tions and Congress to de­velop and co­or­di­nate ed­u­ca­tional ac­tiv­i­ties for Amer­i­cans to learn about the suf­frage move­ment, Gil­li­brand said. She said it would pro­vide grants that sup­port or­ga­ni­za­tions in the Hud­son Val­ley and across the coun­try com­mem­o­rat­ing the cen­ten­nial of the 19th Amend­ment.

“This leg­is­la­tion would help ed­u­cate and in­spire young peo­ple around the coun­try about the un­par­al­leled im­por­tance of the women’s suf­frage move­ment in Amer­i­can his­tory” Gil­li­brand said in pre­pared re­marks de­liv­ered at Val-Kill. “The women’s suf­frage move­ment was born in New York, women’s rights were cham­pi­oned by the strong and bril­liant Eleanor Roo­sevelt, 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 . ...

“The 19th Amend­ment changed the world for the bet­ter, and it de­serves our com­mem­o­ra­tion,” the sen­a­tor said. “I will urge all of my col­leagues in the Se­nate to sup­port the Women’s Suf­frage Cen­ten­nial Com­mis­sion Act.”

The leg­is­la­tion to cre­ate the com­mis­sion is co-spon­sored by all 14 Demo­cratic women in the Se­nate and Repub­li­can Sen. Sue Collins of Maine..

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