Marchers Celebrate Women’s Suffrage

By Nick Hedrick
The Tribune-Star, Terre Haute, Ind.

WWR Article Summary (tl;dr) Civic leaders, students and local politicians gathered Thursday evening at ISU for the fifth annual Women’s Equality Day March. This year, the march was a celebration of the 96th anniversary of the ratification of the 19th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution — which granted women the right to vote.

The Tribune-Star, Terre Haute, Ind.

As she celebrated women’s suffrage, Kaishia Sloan grabbed a pen and registered to vote.

“So I can be the one person that makes a difference between the votes,” said Sloan, an Indiana State University freshman from Indianapolis.

While this fall will be the pre-dental student’s first opportunity to cast a ballot, advocates are celebrating the 96th anniversary of the ratification of the 19th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution — which extended to women the right to vote nationwide.

Civic leaders, students and local politicians gathered Thursday evening at ISU for the fifth annual Women’s Equality Day March, organized by the League of Women Voters of Vigo County. The event was co-sponsored by several ISU offices, Girl Scouts and other organizations.

“There’s still a lot of people that do not know what the suffragists movement was about, or what the 19th Amendment is about,” said Carolyn Callecod, league president.

Callecod and other league members were dressed in 1920s-era period costume, paying homage to Elizabeth Cady Stanton, Susan B. Anthony and the other activists — men and women — who led the decades-long fight for women’s suffrage.

The amendment was ratified Aug. 18, 1920. Today, Aug. 26, is Women’s Equality Day in the U.S., recognizing the milestone and a 1970 nationwide demonstration for women’s rights.

Until full ratification, Indiana allowed women to vote only in presidential elections.

Tavia Hedrick, 16, knew the basics before attending the march but wanted to know more about the various groups of people still pushing for women’s equality.

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