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One hundred years ago, suffragettes who had worked for decades finally saw their long-sought 19th Amendment to the US Constitution become law, granting women the right to vote. The Illinois Senate Women’s Caucus offers a resounding thank you to the women 100 years ago for paving the way for more work to be done.

Moreover, we honor African American suffragettes who continued to fight for 45 years until the passage of the Voting Rights Act of 1965 and carved the path to get us where we are now.

Women are still fighting for their own equality, and for the voting rights of so many who are disenfranchised. Voting rights are still under assault in this country, and we will continue pursuing full voting rights and access for all Americans.