Remembering the sacrifices

When you look through the pages of today’s newspaper, you will find a special section dedicated to the 100th anniversary of the ratification of the 19th Amendment to the Constitution.

That amendment extended the right to vote to women, and is considered to be one of the most important actions of the early 20th century.

Inside the section you will find stories about women from our region who were involved in the suffrage movement, including information about Steubenville’s Irene E. Scott, who in 1914 wrote to the Ohio Suffrage Association to request information about voting to use as part of a talk she was scheduled to give at the Grange.

You’ll have the chance to learn about how the women of the city’s Sinclair family experienced “great excitement … when women finally got the right to vote after 81 years of trying.”

Also featured is Weirton’s Savanah Schroll Guz, who was involved in making the 34th stripe for the Her Flag project that is celebrating the original 36 states that ratified the 19th Amendment.

Tri-State Area residents also have the opportunity to see several interesting displays that examine the effort to obtain the right to vote for women.

An exhibit detailing the amendment’s passage will be on display at Historic Fort Steuben, for instance, through Sunday, while the Weirton Area Museum and Cultural Center is hosting an art exhibition titled “Celebrating the Centennial of the 19th Amendment,” which will run through Friday.

And, at 7:45 a.m. today, people around the country — and the world — were able to watch as a monument to honor three women’s rights pioneers — Sojourner Truth, Susan B. Anthony and Elizabeth Cady Stanton — was unveiled in New York’s Central Park. Namita Luthra of New York City, the daughter of Drs. Sucheta and J.K. Luthra of Weirton, had a hand in the monument through her efforts with the nonprofit Monumental Women.

Passage of the 19th Amendment remains a watershed event in our country’s history, one that is deserving of special recognition and celebration, as well as reflection. We hope you’ll take the time to learn more about the event and the people whose hard work and sacrifices made it possible.


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