WVa lawmakers observe 100th anniversary of women’s suffrage

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia women and lawmakers on Monday commemorated the 100th anniversary of the state’s ratification of the 19th Amendment that gave women the right to vote.

Hundreds of women attended various ceremonies at the state Capitol in Charleston. In the Rotunda, a re-enactor portrayed Susan B. Anthony in a speech given during Anthony’s trial in New York for voting in an 1872 presidential election.

An evening reception was planned at the state Culture Center to recognize female lawmakers.

On March 10, 1920, West Virginia became the 34th state to ratify the amendment. Later that year, Tennessee provided the necessary three-fourths majority by becoming the 36th state to ratify women’s suffrage.

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