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Minnesota Women’s Suffrage Day Proclamation

September 8, 2019

WHEREAS, On January 10th, 1918, a Constitutional Amendment allowing women's suffrage was passed by the United States House; and

WHEREAS, On June 4th, 1919, the United States Senate passed the Nineteenth Amendment and sent it out to the states for ratification; and

WHEREAS, On September 8, 1919, Minnesota ratified the 19th Amendment to the United States Constitution, which would grant national suffrage to women; and

WHEREAS, Minnesota’s ratification as the 15th State paved the way for other states to ratify the 19th Amendment; and,

WHEREAS, September 8th 2019 marked the 100th anniversary of Minnesota’s ratification of the 19th Amendment; and

WHEREAS, Communities all across the state celebrate the 19th Amendment and the date of Minnesota’s ratification.

NOW THEREFORE, I, Gene Winstead, Mayor of the City of Bloomington, Minnesota, do herby proclaim September 8th 2019 as Minnesota Women’s Suffrage Day in the City of Bloomington and encourage residents to commemorate and remember September 8, 2019 as the centennial of Minnesota’s ratification of the 19th Amendment in honor of the largest single day of constitutional expansion of voting rights in our Nation, while remembering that the struggle for full voting rights in the face of Jim Crow, mass incarceration and other discriminatory practices continued and the fight for full access to voting continues for many Americans.

Dated this 8th day of September, 2019.

Gene Winstead, Mayor
City of Bloomington, Minnesota