OKLAHOMA CITY -- House Minority Leader Emily Virgin, D-Norman, today released a statement on the 100th Anniversary of the 19th Amendment.
“This is a special day. Many American women fought hard to get their government to acknowledge their right to participate in our Democracy. We cannot recognize this day, however, without also recognizing that not all women gained the right to vote with the 19th Amendment.
That right would remain elusive for Black women until the Civil Rights Movement of the 1960s. Still, the 19th Amendment is a reason for Americans to celebrate. Over the last century, more Americans have gained the right to vote, and when more Americans can vote, our government better reflects the needs of its citizens.
“Yet, as we celebrate the 100th anniversary, let us also realize that the plight of the suffragettes still exists today.
“Recently, all across our state and country, elected female leaders have been insulted, attacked, and threatened in ways their male counterparts simply don’t experience in the course of their jobs. This is behavior that must change.
“In recognition of this historic movement, I hope that all citizens will look within themselves and ask how they can contribute to this march toward a more inclusive, stronger community.”