Sending Office: Honorable Elise M. Stefanik
Cosponsor the Bipartisan Women’s Suffrage Centennial Commemorative Coin Act
Proceeds go to the Smithsonian Women’s History Initiative
As the ratification of the 19th Amendment approaches, I hope that you will join in cosponsoring H.R. 2423, the Women’s Suffrage Centennial Commemorative Coin Act. This bipartisan legislation authorizes the Department of Treasury to mint $1 silver coins in
2020 to commemorate the work of women suffrage activists in the late 19th and early 20th century, and increase public awareness and appreciation for the history of the women’s suffrage movement.
The women’s suffrage movement began in July 1848, with the first women’s rights convention held in Seneca Falls, New York. The fight concluded in August 1920 — 140 years after the Declaration of Independence was signed. Ratification of the 19th Amendment
marked the single largest extension of voting rights in United States history, enfranchising 27 million American women.
This bill will help ensure that this anniversary — and the 72 years of ceaseless agitation by three generations of dedicated suffragists who sought to overturn centuries of law and a millennia of tradition — are commemorated and celebrated throughout the
This historic centennial offers an unparalleled opportunity to commemorate a milestone of democracy, and to shed light on and honor the legacy of pioneers and patriots who blazed new trails to lead women to the voting booth.
The Women’s Suffrage Centennial Commemorative Coin Act will not cost any taxpayer dollars. All funding will come from the sale of the coins to private citizens. After all costs are recouped by Treasury, proceeds from sales of the coins will go towards supporting
the Smithsonian Institution’s American Women’s History Initiative or the purpose of collecting, studying, and establishing programs recognizing diverse perspectives on women’s history and women’s contributions that have influenced the direction of our nation.
Companion legislation in the Senate, S. 1235, introduced by Senator Marsha Blackburn, passed by Unanimous Consent on June 4, the 100th Anniversary of the U.S. Senate passing the 19th Amendment.
To learn more or to cosponsor, please contact Julia Angelotti in my office at Julia.Angelott@mail.house.gov.
Elise M. Stefanik
Member of Congress
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