OLYMPIA - A "Day of Jubilation" is planned Monday at the Capitol to mark the 100th anniversary of Washington women getting the right to vote in 1910.
“We were the fifth state in the union to adopt women’s suffrage, a full 10 years before the 19th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution passed,” Secretary of State Sam Reed said in an announcement of the all-day celebration that is free and open to the public.
“Our vote, which came after a long, hard-fought battle over many years, was a signal achievement and helped spur the suffrage movement across the country. California and Oregon quickly followed our vote,” Reed added of the constitutional amendment voted on by men.
The activities begin about 9 a.m. with costumed suffragists and antique cars in a parade. Reed is to lead a ceremony at 10 as acting governor. Supreme Court Chief Justice Barbara Madsen is scheduled to hold a re-enactment of a territorial legal challenge to women’s suffrage at 1:30 p.m. in the Temple of Justice. And at 3:30 p.m., the main celebration begins in the Capitol Rotunda with a concert by the Timberline High School choir.
A program at 4 p.m. in the Rotunda includes tribal blessings, speeches by lawmakers and a re-enactment of the signing of the ballot measure that assured suffrage rights for Washington women.
The Senate Republican Caucus also has events planned, including a gallery of photos and displays. The event is at 11:15 a.m. in the Newhouse Building on the Capitol Campus, hosted by Sen. Randi Becker of Eatonville and caucus members including Sen. Cheryl Pflug of Maple Valley.
The gallery is adding four women to its displays: congresswoman-elect Jaime Herrera, R-Camas; Justice Carolyn Dimmick, first woman on the state Supreme Court; South Carolina Gov.-elect Nikki Haley; and New Mexico Gov.-elect Susana Martinez.
Senate Republicans also plan a brown-bag lunch to discuss the constitutional amendment on suffrage from 1910. The lunch is set for 12:15-12:45 p.m. in the Newhouse Building.
Brad Shannon: 360-753-1688 firstname.lastname@example.org www.theolympian.com/politicsblog
More details are at www.washington womenshistory.org/events/jubilation.aspx.