#RepealThe19th movement sparks disapproval among local group

7 months 1 week 4 days ago October 13, 2016 Oct 13, 2016 Thursday, October 13 2016 Thursday, October 13, 2016 3:17:00 PM CDT in News
By: Hannah Husmann, KOMU 8 Reporter
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COLUMBIA - The city's League of Women Voters (LWV) was not happy to hear about the hashtag #RepealThe19th trending on Twitter Wednesday and Thursday.

The 19th Amendment of the U.S. Constitution gave women the right to vote in 1920.

"Women fought for 78 years to get the right to vote. We take it very seriously and I hope everyone takes it seriously. So even as a joke, this isn't funny," LWV board member Marilyn McLeod said.

A report published on Tuesday by the website FiveThirtyEight showed the presidential election winner if only men voted, and again if only women voted. The poll found if only men voted, Republican nominee Donald Trump would win with 350 electoral votes. If only women voted, Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton would win with 458 votes.

The #RepealThe19th hashtag peaked on Twitter Wednesday afternoon, and didn't go away Thursday.

"It's very disappointing that someone would even think of this. In some countries, women do not have the vote and it's horrifying, and I think if people really thought about it, particularly anyone who puts up this hashtag, they'd have to think twice about it," McLeod said. 

The national League of Women Voters organization was created as a product of the women's suffrage movement almost 100 years ago. 

"We're more than half the population. When laws are made, when public policy is formed, women have a great stake in it like every other citizen, so it's critical that women have a voice," McLeod said.

Neither Trump nor Clinton has publicly addressed the hashtag or the issue of repealing the 19th Amendment.

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