LIMA — It’s been 100 years since the 19th Amendment gave women the right to vote. The Allen County Museum on Saturday held a reception to honor the women and men who worked to get the legislation passed.
“It’s a wonderful celebration of women’s rights,” said Linda Morrow, voter service chairwoman with the Lima League of Women Voters. “Women, for a long time, did not have the right to do anything without their husband telling them what to do and they fought hard for the right to vote. Many women and men actually were involved in doing this. So it’s very exciting that we’ve been doing this for 100 years.”
The Lima chapter of the League of Women Voters was formed shortly after the ratification of the 19th Amendment.
Morrow says there’s still much left to do as far as women in politics.
“I noticed that, especially in Allen County, we used to have actually more women involved in government and I seem to see fewer women involved. I’m not sure what the reason is, but I think we have a ways to go to help women feel comfortable being involved and young people wanting to be involved and to make a difference in their community,” Morrow said.
One of the prime movers locally in pushing for a woman’s right to vote was Bessie Catt Crayton, former president of the Lima League of Women Voters.
“She was instrumental in helping with the ratification. There was a large suffrage march here in Lima during that time, and we are actually going to recreate that march in September in downtown Lima,” said Garrietta Flanery, co-president of the Lima League of Women Voters.
Crayton and a group of women spent 10 years trying to get the 19th Amendment ratified.
“You cannot take your right to vote for granted, and people should be thankful to the women that paved the way,” Flanery said.
In addition to the static displays about the local fight for women to vote, there were suffrage reenactments and a trivia game that had information about the League of Women Voters.
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