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Panel explores racism in women's suffrage
Panel explores racism in women's suffrage

Passed by Congress June 4, 1919 (and ratified on August 18, 1920), the 19th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution prohibits states and the federal government from denying U.S. citizens the right to vote on the basis of sex. As we approach the 100th anniversary of the passage of the amendment, a panel explores the complicated history of women's suffrage, including the active and passive racism that left many women behind. Speakers discuss the various laws on the books that prevented many non-white women from voting, as well as the continued voter suppression in the states through 1957 and current renewed voter suppression.


Christy Wood, Vice President, League of Women Voters of Washington, Vice President, moderator

Debora Juarez, Councilmember, City of Seattle

Jamila Taylor, Attorney & Founding Board Member of BlackPast.org

La Rond Baker, Assistant Attorney General, Civil Rights Unit, Washington State Attorney General's Office

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