Celebrating Social Justice Anniversary

An aerial shot of a board with words and handprints.

More than 75 people celebrated the 100th anniversary of Oregon’s ratification of the 19th Amendment by creating a social justice panel on Jan. 14 at Hamersly Library.

On Jan. 14, 1920, the Oregon Legislature voted unanimously to ratify the 19th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, making Oregon the 25th of the required 36 states need to make the amendment a law. Tennessee became the 36th state to ratify the 19th Amendment on Aug. 18, 1920, giving women throughout the U.S. the power to vote. The 19th Amendment reads, “The right of citizens to vote shall not be denied or abridged by the United States or any State, on account of sex.”

Western Oregon University history professor Kimberly Jensen said the panel will be displayed at the library.

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