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House Passes Berkley Resolution Honoring Women Suffragists

Location: Washington, DC


Legislation Inspired by So. NV Elementary School Students Hannah Low and Destiny Carroll

(July 22, 2005 -- Washington, D.C.) The U.S. House of Representatives passed legislation today authored by Congresswoman Shelley Berkley (D-NV) that would create a national day of recognition in honor of America's women suffragists.

The Berkley bill, H.J. RES. 59, was inspired by Glen Taylor Elementary students Hannah Low (age 8) and Destiny Carroll (age 9). The pair collected hundreds of signatures on a petition in support of a national day of recognition honoring the female leaders of the movement to secure women the right to vote. The girls' petition drive caught the attention of Berkley and led to the Congresswoman drafting the resolution passed by the full House this evening.

Earlier this month, Hannah and Destiny journeyed from their home in the Las Vegas Valley to Washington, D.C., to watch from the floor of the U.S. House as Congresswoman Berkley introduced the suffragist legislation their petition inspired.

"Next month we will celebrate the 85th anniversary of the constitutional amendment that gave women the right to vote, and it's long past time we honor the women of America's suffragist movement. Their bravery and hard-fought struggle won this cherished right for all American women, and I am honored to lead the effort to create a national day of recognition to pay tribute to their efforts. The suffragists are role models who will inspire generations, just as they inspired two little girls from Southern Nevada to start their own petition drive to create this special holiday," said Berkley, of Hannah and Destiny and the legislation their efforts inspired.

The work of the suffragist movement to secure the right for women to vote culminated in the adoption of the 19th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution on August 26, 1920.

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