July 30, 2010 - Issue: Vol. 156, No. 114 — Daily Edition111th Congress (2009 - 2010) - 2nd Session
HONORING THE 90TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE 19TH AMENDMENT; Congressional Record Vol. 156, No. 114
(Extensions of Remarks - July 30, 2010)
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[Extensions of Remarks] [Pages E1525-E1526] From the Congressional Record Online through the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov] HONORING THE 90TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE 19TH AMENDMENT ______ HON. MARIO DIAZ-BALART of florida in the house of representatives Friday, July 30, 2010 Mr. MARIO DIAZ-BALART of Florida. Madam Speaker, next month the United States celebrates the 90th anniversary of women's suffrage. On August 26, 1920, the 19th Amendment gave women in the United States the right to vote, and for 90 years, women have been actively participating in the democratic process. The battle for women's suffrage was not an easy one. It took the courage and steadfast leadership of trailblazers like Elizabeth Cady Stanton, Lucretia Mott, and all the women who gathered at Seneca Falls so many decades ago and began advocating for the right to express their views and let their voices be heard at the ballot box. As we celebrate this important anniversary, I urge women across our great nation to continue taking an active role in the democratic process and politics, and to exercise their right to vote, as they have for so many years. In March, the House celebrated Women's History Month and remembered the accomplishments of women in our nation and around the world. August 26th allows us yet another opportunity to celebrate the history of American women and their accomplishments. Today women everywhere are breaking barriers and reaching new heights not only in the political arena, but also the business world, [[Page E1526]] the fields of medicine and journalism, and in advocacy and human rights. Their contributions shape our society and make a difference every day. It is unfortunate that in some areas of the world, women continue to struggle for equality and for their right to vote. It is my hope that the lives and work of American women can serve as inspiration to those who continue their struggle for basic rights around the world. Madam Speaker, I ask that you join me in celebrating the 90th anniversary of the 19th Amendment, and thanking women across the United States for their activism and commitment to keeping the democratic process alive. ____________________