From Jena Griswold <[email protected]>
Subject Making History
Date March 18, 2024 6:15 PM
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Friend –
Happy Women’s History Month!
In honor of this month, I want to highlight Colorado’s unique women’s suffrage movement. Colorado voters approved women’s right to vote in 1893, 27 years before the 14th Amendment granted the right to some women nationwide and the first time in U.S. history that a popular vote passed women’s suffrage into law.
Not only were women voting in Colorado, but in 1894, women began running for office and serving in Colorado’s General Assembly. This progress was only possible because women like Elizabeth Ensley and Ellis Meredith advocated for these freedoms.
However, even after the 19th Amendment was ratified, it would be decades until Native women and many women of color gained full access to the ballot box.
And the fight for full enfranchisement continues today – as we see a resurgence of voter suppression bills in state legislators across the U.S. Colorado led the nation in women’s suffrage, and we continue to lead the nation on election security, voting rights, and voter turnout.
I’m grateful to stand on the shoulders of the women who fought for the freedoms we get to enjoy today. As the first woman democratic Secretary of State, I hope to continue the legacy of the strong Colorado women who came before me.
Learn more about Colorado’s suffrage movement here. [[link removed]]
Thank you,
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Paid for by Jena for Colorado. Rachel Gordon, Registered Agent.
Jena for Colorado
P.O. Box 270218
Louisville, CO 80027
United States
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