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Kuster Statement on Centennial of Women’s Suffrage

Washington, DC, August 18, 2020

Today, Representative Annie Kuster (NH-02) released the following statement on the 100th anniversary of the ratification of the 19th Amendment, which guaranteed women the right to vote.

“One hundred years ago today, women’s suffrage became the law of the land,’” said Kuster. “The ratification of the 19th Amendment was a critical milestone in our nation’s long and ongoing journey to live up to the ideals established in our founding documents. This achievement was possible because of the resilience of countless suffragists who were determined that women have a voice in our nation’s government. I am proud that among them was my great-grandmother, Susan Cushing Bancroft, who successfully lobbied the New Hampshire State Legislature to be the 16th state to approve the 19th Amendment. These contributions in turn helped women break countless glass ceilings and be elected to office-- including my mother, Susan McLane, who served in the legislature for a quarter-century and mentored an entire generation of female public servants in the Granite State.

“In reflecting on the centennial of the 19th Amendment, we must remember that equal access to our nation’s democratic process is essential to the health of our democracy. Countless trailblazers have fought hard and some, like my late colleague, John Lewis, have shed blood to ensure every American has the right to cast a ballot. It is our responsibility to carry these legacies forward by voting.”