President Trump, along with the first lady, welcomed representatives of the Centennial Commission on the Suffrage of Women to the White House to celebrate 100 years since the first women’s vote in the United States.
On Aug. 18, 1920, the United States ratified the 19th Amendment, guaranteeing by law the right to vote for all women citizens of the United States.“It was a monumental victory for justice and a monumental victory for America,” President Trump said at a White House press conference.
In his speech, President Trump also highlighted the current situation of women in politics and in American society. Congress has a total of 131 female members, and 70 million women are registered to vote in the upcoming elections. Fifty-six percent of college students are also women and more than 11 million are successful business owners.
Continuing with statistics the president stated that before the CCP Virus hit the country’s economy, the unemployment rate for women had plummeted to the lowest level in over 65 years and during the past year over 70% of new jobs were for women.
The president also took the opportunity to show his optimism for the future of the economy and assured that next year these encouraging numbers will appear again.
In the minutes signed by President Trump today, tribute was paid to pioneering women Susan B. Anthony, Elizabeth Cady Stanton, Harriet Forten Purvis, and Frances Ellen Watkins Harper who fought for women’s fundamental right to vote. According to the minutes, “The road to suffrage was long and challenging, but the faith, fortitude, and resolute determination of those committed to this noble cause brought about a victory that continues to inspire today.”
President Trump made a commitment to continue to empower all women and girls to reach their full potential. As a sign of the effort, in February of last year, the Trump administration launched the Women’s Global Development and Prosperity Initiative, which promotes through certain measures the economic empowerment of women around the world.
Also discussed was the implementation of the Women, Peace, and Security Strategy, which since June of last year has sought to increase women’s political participation at home and abroad, recognizing that with women’s participation in conflict resolution and an end to violent extremism, a path toward a more peaceful world can be set.
Before ending his speech, President Trump announced a pardon for women’s suffrage leader Susan Anthony, who was convicted of voting in 1872 in violation of laws that only allowed men to vote. Anthony was arrested for voting in Rochester, New York, and convicted in a widely publicized trial. As of today, her conviction, even if only symbolically, was overturned with an apology and the signature of the highest political authority in the United States.