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Legislation #: 051053 Introduction Date: 8/25/2005
Type: Special Action Effective Date: none
Sponsor: COUNCILMEMBERS XBARNES, BROOKS, COOPER, EDDY, FAIRFIELD, HERMANN, SCHUMACHER, RILEY, ROWLAND AND NASH
Title: Declaring August 26, 2005, as the 85th Anniversary of the 19th Amendment of the United States Constitution

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8/25/2005 Filed by the Clerk's office
8/25/2005 Adopted

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RESOLUTION NO. 051053

 

Declaring August 26, 2005, as the 85th Anniversary of the 19th Amendment of the United States Constitution

 

WHEREAS, the beginning of the fight for women suffrage is usually traced to the Declaration of Sentiments produced at the first womans rights convention in Seneca Falls , New York in 1848. At the Womans Rights Convention in Syracuse in 1852, Susan B. Anthony joined the fight arguing that the right women needed above every other was the right of suffrage; and

 

WHEREAS, in 1878, a constitutional amendment was proposed that provided The right of citizens to vote shall not be abridged by the United States or by any State on account of sex. This same amendment would be introduced in every session of Congress for the next 41 years; and

 

WHEREAS, in July 1890, the Territory of Wyoming, which allowed women to vote, was admitted as a state, therefore making Wyoming the first state with womens suffrage; and

 

WHEREAS, the Nineteenth Amendment to the United States Constitution, also known as the Susan B. Anthony Amendment, was proposed to the states by the U.S. Congress on June 4, 1919, and became part of the Constitution on August 18, 1920, upon its ratification by Tennessee, the thirty-sixth state to do so; and

 

WHEREAS, Secretary of State Bainbridge Colby certified the ratification on August 26, 1920. The Amendment prohibits both the Federal government and the states from using a persons sex as a qualification to vote; it was specifically intended to extend suffrage to women; and

 

WHEREAS, the amendment reads: The right of citizens of the United States to vote shall not be denied or abridged by the United States or by any State on account of sex. Congress shall have power to enforce this article by appropriate legislation; NOW, THEREFORE,

 

BE IT RESOLVED BY THE COUNCIL OF KANSAS CITY:

 

That the Mayor and Council hereby declare August 26, 2005, as the 85th Anniversary of the 19th Amendment of the United States Constitution; and

 

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that this Resolution be spread upon the Minutes of the Council in testimony thereof to encourage all citizens of Kansas City to join in remembering the many struggles our ancestors overcame in order to gain this right to vote and to cherish and show our appreciation of this freedom by voting our choice in every election throughout our life.

 

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