Women's suffrage

From the women's suffrage movement in Colorado, circa 1910-1920.

A bill that the entire Colorado delegation backs passed the U.S. House of Representatives on Wednesday, and would authorize the first outdoor women’s suffrage memorial in Washington, D.C.

H.R. 473 would enable Colorado artist Jane DeDecker to place her "Every Word We Utter" sculpture on federal land. The piece features statutes of Susan B. Anthony, Elizabeth Cady Stanton, Harriet Stanton Blatch, Sojourner Truth, Alice Paul and Ida B. Wells. The Nineteenth Amendment to the Constitution, which outlawed sex-based voting restrictions, was ratified nearly 100 years ago on Aug. 18, 1920.

“A monument to the women’s suffragists, the legacy they forged and the rights they secured is a needed addition to Washington D.C.,” said DeDecker. “I believe that this sculpture will inspire young women to take action, make their voices heard and continue the movement for equal rights.”

U.S. Rep. Joe Neguse is the bill’s sponsor in the House. In the Senate, where U.S. Sens. Michael Bennet and Cory Gardner are leading the companion bill, there has been a hearing before a subcommittee, but no action by the full Senate.

“I see the suffragists as founders of our country just as much as the people who wrote the Constitution — they fought for over 50 years to secure the right to vote,” said Bennet. “I’m grateful to Congressman Neguse for pushing this bill through the House and I look forward to moving it in the Senate”.

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