Marquette women celebrate 100th anniversary of women's suffrage

MARQUETTE, Mich. (WLUC) - Michigan women are celebrating on Monday, the 100th anniversary of their right to vote. On June 10, 1919, Michigan ratified the 19th amendment, granting women's suffrage.

Outside the Marquette Post Office Monday evening, women gathered to thank their ancestors who made this achievement possible.

There are currently 53 women serving in the state legislature, and the current governor, Gretchen Whitmer, is the second woman to ever hold the position.

“It's not a protest, it's a celebration,” said organizer Carollyn Heitamaki. “It's a celebration for women and men, because they supported us during this period in time, they were out there and they voted this in so we have to thank them and celebrate.”

The 19th amendment, which granted women the right to vote nationwide, was officially ratified in August 1920.

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