Boone County Historical Society prepares for 19th amendment centennial

3 months 2 weeks 1 day ago Sunday, August 25 2019 Aug 25, 2019 Sunday, August 25, 2019 5:05:00 PM CDT August 25, 2019 in News
By: Ethan Stein, KOMU 8 Reporter
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COLUMBIA - A new exhibit, organized by the League of Woman Voters and the Boone County History and Culture Center, is celebrating almost 100 years of women voting in America.

People dressed as suffragists and sang songs while looking around the exhibit. The 19th amendment was ratified 99 years ago in 1919, making the amendment's centennial next year.

Marilyn McLeod, who helped organized the exhibit, said she hopes people come learn about the women's suffrage movement and remember to vote.

"It took more than 70 years for women to get the right to vote and it was a fight to finish," she said.

Joanne Cowan, who visited the exhibit, said she believes the fight for women's rights is not finished because women are paid less than men.

McLeod said she believes more can be done for women's right such as Missouri's State Legislature approving the equal rights amendment. The equal rights amendment would guarantee equal rights to all citizens regardless of sex directly in the constitution.

One more state is needed for the 3/4ths majority needed to ratify the amendment. 

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