Governor Wolf Encourages Pennsylvanians to Register to Vote in Celebration of 100th Anniversary of Women’s Suffrage in Pennsylvania
June 24, 2019
Harrisburg, PA – As part of the celebration of the 100th anniversary of Pennsylvania’s ratification of the 19th Amendment giving women the right to vote, today Governor Tom Wolf reminded Pennsylvanians to register to vote.
“Voting is a precious right in our democracy and there’s no better way to honor Pennsylvania’s trailblazers than encouraging everyone you know to register to vote,” said Governor Wolf.
Pennsylvanians are reminded of the availability of Online Voter Registration as a convenient option to register to vote.
On June 24, 1919, the Pennsylvania General Assembly voted to provide women the right to vote. As part of the 100th anniversary commemoration, Pennsylvania’s original document ratifying the 19th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution will be on display in the Capitol Rotunda from 11:00 AM to 1:00 PM today.
The document and other historical records on loan from the Pennsylvania State Archives will be available for public viewing during a celebration of the 100th anniversary of the Legislature’s vote for women’s suffrage.
Later today, First Lady Frances Wolf will celebrate by ringing the Justice Bell in Washington Memorial Hall in Valley Forge National Historical Park. The Justice Bell, a replica of the Liberty Bell, was created in 1915 to campaign for women’s suffrage across the nation. The first lady will be joined by Alexandra “Sandy” Tatnall, a descendant of Katherine Wentworth Ruschenberger who commissioned the Justice Bell, and Maria Bomersbach, president of Washington Memorial Heritage Board of Directors and chair of Justice Bell 2020.
A logo featuring the Justice Bell was created for organizations to use to mark all efforts to celebrate the centennial of women’s suffrage. The state also created PA.gov/Women-Vote to serve as the destination for learning more about the state’s women who were integral in the suffrage movement. The site also compiles a list of suffrage events statewide and tells the story of suffrage’s Quaker roots.
Women’s suffrage centennial events will take place across Pennsylvania through the anniversary of the 19th Amendment’s full ratification in 2020. Participants are encouraged to share photos using the #PAWomensSuffrage100 on social media to mark the occasion.