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Lindeen Celebrates 85th Anniversary Of Women's Right To Vote

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Location: Helena, MT


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
August 26, 2005
Contact: Neal Ullman, 406-254-2006

Lindeen Celebrates 85th Anniversary Of Women's Right To Vote

"When women vote, we all win," said Lindeen

(HELENA, Mont.) - Congressional candidate Monica Lindeen (D-Huntley) joined women across America today in celebrating the 85th anniversary of the passage of the 19th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution which granted women the right to vote.

"Women have contributed much to Montana and America in the last century," said Lindeen.

"We've led the fight to save Social Security, for better schools for our children, a clean and healthful environment, and a better standard of living for all Americans."

Lindeen pointed out that Montana women have been able to vote for 91 years and Montana was the tenth state to give women the right to vote. The women's suffrage movement in Montana was led by Jeannette Rankin who later became the first woman elected to congress. Rankin is also the only woman to represent Montana in Washington, DC.

"We've come a long way in the last ninety years. We've elected female governors, senators, representatives, justices, and other statewide officers. Not enough of them, however. Since the first congress in 1789, only two percent of members of congress have been women. In the years to come, I hope we are able to expand women's role in leading our magnificent state and county," said Lindeen.

Lindeen was unable to attend a press conference held at the state capitol in Helena due to a prior commitment. She sent her regrets and a letter read by state Representative Christine Kaufmann (D-Helena) who is also co-director of the Montana Human Rights Network.

August 26, 2005

In celebrating this historic day, Montanans should feel an extra amount of pride. Leading the charge in the women's suffrage movement, Montana was the tenth state to give women the right to vote, 91 years ago. One of the leaders in that movement was our own Jeannette Rankin, who became the first woman to serve in the U.S. Congress and is the only woman to ever represent Montana in Washington, D.C.

Women have contributed much to Montana and America in the last century. We've led the fight to save Social Security, for better schools for our children, a clean and healthful environment, and a better standard of living for all Americans.

As we look at the last ninety years, we have come a long way. We've elected female governors, senators, representatives, justices, and other statewide officers. Not enough of them, however.
Since 1789, the year of the First Congress, only two percent of members of congress have been
women.

In the years to come, I hope we are able to expand women's role in leading our magnificent state and country. Montana women have a great heritage to be proud of today. We also have a challenge ahead of us. Our victory 91 years ago did not mark the end of the struggle. Next election day we can honor our foremothers best by exercising the right they fought for and working to get every eligible Montanan registered and to the polls. When women vote, we all win.

Sincerely,
Monica J. Lindeen

http://www.lindeen.net/UserFiles/File/19th%20Amd%20082605.pdf

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