Tuesday marks 100 years since ratification of the 19th Amendment

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VIGO COUNTY, Ind. (WTWO/WAWV) – Tuesday marks the 100th anniversary of women getting the right to vote.

Congress actually passed the 19th Amendment in the year 1919, but it wasn’t until August 18, 1920, that Tennessee became the 36th state needed to ratify it.

Susan Tingley, Executive Director of the Vigo County Historical Society and Museum, says the area was very active in the women’s suffrage movement.

After women got the right to vote, the League of Women Voters formed and educated people on exercising that right.

“100 years ago really wasn’t that long ago when we talk about history. Some of us may even remember our grandmothers or great grandmothers talking about the first time they got to vote and that puts it into perspective,” says Tingley.

The Vigo County Historical Museum has a special exhibit about the local women’s suffrage movement. You can find it on the second floor of the museum in the special exhibits gallery.

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