Students register to vote at Women’s Suffrage Centennial event
To commemorate the 100th anniversary of the 19th Amendment providing men and women equal voting rights, the University of Guam Women and Gender Studies Program teamed up with the Bureau of Women’s Affairs and the Guam Election Commission to host a proclamation signing and resolution presentation in honor of the anniversary and to register voters on Aug. 29 on the UOG campus.
"The greater representation of women as students, scholars, and scientists at UOG increases the argument even further about the importance of participating in what is not only a civic right, but a civic duty. The centennial celebration of Women's Suffrage is a reminder of this critical note," said Senior Vice President of Academic & Student Affairs Anita B. Enriquez.
She said the University's participation in the event was opportune considering the plethora of issues women and society in general still face today, which are fostering classroom discussions and presenting opportunities for research and policy recommendations.
“It is important that we recognize the struggle the suffragettes faced fighting for a voice in the U.S. government,” said Deane Jessee-Jones, instructor of women and gender studies. “We should use their example of strength and perseverance in the face of overwhelming pressure to propel us forward in Guam’s continued struggle for our own voice and rights of full citizenship. Whatever type of government Guam chooses, apathy and acceptance of the current situation is an injustice to all who have fought for freedom.”
The U.S. Congress passed the 19th Amendment on June 4, 1919, and by August 1920, the necessary 36 states had ratified the amendment, guaranteeing access to the ballot for 27 million American women. According to the Women’s Suffrage Centennial Commission, it was the single largest expansion of voting rights in the country to date.