tv Speaker Pelosi Others Celebrate 19th Amendment CSPAN May 25, 2019 5:50am-6:35am EDT
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ladies and gentlemen, the honorable nancy pelosi, accompanied by the honorable kevin mccarthy. the honorable barbara mikulski. honorable nancy pelosi, the speaker ladies and gentlemen, the honorable nancy pelosi, the speaker of the house of representatives. [ applause ] >> good afternoon. good afternoon. yes, yes indeed this afternoon
is very much a cause for celebration and cheering of what happened 100 years ago today. in the house of representatives. i want to thank the army string quartet for making it so pleasant for us today. i am honorable to be here with kevin mccarthy and the bipartisan representatives of congress. we salute our cochairs of the bipartisan caucus for women's issues. [ applause ] and let us welcome cokie roberts, a trailblazing force for women in congress. and her daughter. [ applause ]
as many of the women members and, the only woman named for a woman is named for cokie's lovely mother and rebecca's grandmother. let's thank her for her leadership. [ applause ] we thank the bipartisan women suffrage content deal centennial commission. we are honored to have the chair of the committee, and the vice chair, and the executive director with us today. let's acknowledge them. [ applause ] and to each and every one of you, i could name you all for the contributions that you make for expanding freedom and opportunity in our country. especially today as we acknowledge that for women.
how wonderful it is to see so many yellow, such beautiful symbols of the courage for the women and men that fought for and won the fight the right to vote. a lovely tribute to the unsung women of color who led the march for suffrage. you may know, she commemorated her immeasurable contributions to the cause of equality and that of all women of color who fought for suffrage. she takes her rightful place in the capital. here we are, 100 years since that eventful day when suffragettes succeeded in having that revolution passed
the house of representatives. and here we are 100 years after that day with over 100 women serving in the congress of the united states of america. [ cheers and applause ] that is pretty exciting. [ cheers and applause ] almost as rowdy as the suffragettes themselves. we welcome all of the members of congress present and former and especially the women members. 100 years ago, the 19th amendment passed the house. earlier today we passed a revolution observing that historic book. in two weeks, the senate will
pass the resolution marking 100 years since the passage in the senate. and the states across the nation will join in celebration for the ratification, for 100 years. so in a year and a half, we will be celebrating the passage of the 19th amendment. when this amendment first past, the press wrote "women given the right to vote. " this could not have given -- they were not given anything, they earned it. they marched, they fought. they sacrificed everything for expanding freedom in our country. women have not waited for change, but they have worked for change. now we stand on the shoulders of suffragettes, as we fight to protect the rights for the
ballot box for all americans. the promise of suffrage remains unfulfilled until every american, every woman can exercise their right to vote. every american, really. thank you all for your leadership. for a brighter, more equal america. thank you for your presence for this celebration today. just think back, 100 years when that vote took place in this house of representatives. i do believe that anyone of us, we are colleagues to those women and the man that made the vote there for women to have the right to vote. think of the cheers that went up in the gallery. and now let's welcome the extinguished leader, congressman
kevin mccarthy from the great state of california. thank you all. [ applause ] [applause] mr. mccarthy: good afternoon. it is an honor to be >> good e.afternoon. it is an honor to be here. to commemorate a defining moment in the history of democracy. and for those of you who are members of this change, the next time you walk on that floor , think of the significance of this day. that is the same floor that they debated and passed 100 years ago the 19th amendment. [ applause ] so while we celebrate the centennial of the house officially voted on the 19th amendment, the journey to pass, did not stop the moment
that a went through the chambers of commerce. -- congress. i am proud to say, that it was a republican senator, who in 1878 first introduced the 29 words that became the 19th amendment. tied to the suffrage movement started a few years before that. you see that in 1872, that senator elect med susan b anthony added chance encounter. he had recently been announced for illegally voting and was eager to pass the amendment to guarantee women the right to vote. she found a strong ally in sergeant. they work together on what began known as the anthony bill. the text was nearly identical to the words of the 15th
amendment. a kid not be abridged by any state. the anthony amendment did not receive a vote for nine years. sergeant had already left office. but this helped build the momentum behind this important meeting. with a firm resolution and commitment, the inman amendment was introduced. this finally came in are finally chambers, not in the senate. this became the 19th amendment on may 21, 1919. this is why you are here today. 100 years ago today, and decades of advocacy, 100 years ago today the house passed the 19th amendment. but what lesson can we take away today from this historic moment? the suffrage succeeded because
of its unwavering appeal to the principle of equality. the foundation of common bond of america. the supporters did not fall for special privileges, they asked for the right as americans. the constitution and its preamble set standards for our politics and for our more perfect union. what more perfect union than the passage of the 19th amendment . thank you. [ applause ] ms. kay coles james, chair of the >> ladies and gentlemen, the chair of the women's suffrage centennial commission. [ cheers and applause ]
>> good afternoon. you know, it goes without saying, as we commemorate today with a woman as the speaker of the house -- [ cheers and applause ] politics aside, you've got to be proud. thank you so much. leader mccarthy, thank you for being here today. i have so enjoyed working with both of you as we have prepared for today and for the year ahead. this commission is made up of women of all walks of life, backgrounds and ideologies. and we come together to work together in a manner of bipartisanship and unity that unfortunately is all too rare
in washington, these days. and none of this would've been possible without the expert leadership and partnership of our vice chairman and former senator mikulski. senator? we started this endeavor as respected colleagues and now i am so proud to call her my friends. thank you. the women's suffrage centennial commission was formed by congress to coordinate the nationwide celebration in 2020, of the 100th anniversary of the 19th amendment to the constitution. today specifically we commemorate the 100 anniversary of the first major step in adopting the 19th amendment, the passage of the resolution in the house of representatives. sometimes we take the precious right to vote for granted. this centennial celebration in
stores that we do not forget the sacrifices, the struggles and the hard-fought victory to secure women's right to vote. you are absolutely right, whoever said earlier, we were not given the right to vote, we took it. everything that has happened in the past, makes us who we are today. every single woman in congress, is here because of the women who decades ago planned the seated the seeds for justice. it is critically important to honor and remember those women. susan b anthony, i do wells burnett, elizabeth stanton. also those who are represented by the purple ribbons today. those names who we may not know, but hopefully by the end of the year we all well. this happen 100 years ago, this also set the stage for the record number of women serving in and running for office,
making boardroom decisions and raising the next generation of america's leaders. thank you all. [ cheers and applause ] believ way to change the laws that the women that fought for eatet right to vote did so because they believe that the best way to change the law that treated women as second-class citizens was to have power over those who made the laws. after the seneca falls women rights convention, the first organize gathering of suffragettes, she wrote, all that distinguishes man as an intelligent, and accountable men, is equally true of women. if that government is only just, this governs by the free consent of the governed, there could be no reason in the world for denying two women the exercise of the elected franchise. or a hand in making the laws of
the lands. leaders of the early women's movement, would certainly be pleased to know that today women voting outpaces that of men. [ applause ] they would also be extremely proud of the amazing, powerful women in this room. a true testament that what we are exercising is our franchise. thank you. [ applause ] >> ladies and gentleman, the retired state senator from maryland. >> hi everyone. [ applause ] hi everybody. i am going to speak from my chair, so
i am just delighted to be back in the house of representatives where i served for more than 10 wonderful, joyful years. i am going to thank the speaker for organizing this fantastic event. and the cooperation from congressman mccarthy and his caucus. some things do not change, the podium still does not fit me. 40 years later and the podium still does not fit me. there is a new diverse class, i say power to the podium that fit everyone. but in all seriousness, how wonderful to be back in the house where they passed the
resolution on the 19th amendment. what a powerful statement the house made. and we are called today, when the guys were up in philadelphia busy writing the constitution, raising the farm, paying the bills, what is new girlfriend? she said, do not forget the ladies. but they did. they forgot a lot of things in that first draft of the constitution. hard-fought, some bit times bitterly earned, the constitution was expanded. finally in 1919, the 19th amendment was passed to give women the right to vote. 50% of the population was finally empowered. what a wonderful occasion it was. the constitution, the founders had
it right, it always starts in the people's house and it makes its way to the senate and passes on to the people, to the states for ratification. along the way, it was people that fought hard. often marginalized and stigmatized, but nevertheless refusing to give up or given. in a day than we commemorate this resolution and it moves over to the senate and it moves out to the nation for commemoration, we have to remember what it was about. it was not about gender. it was about an agenda. it was about gender, yes. the empowerment of women. but it was so we would have an agenda to expand democracy. and that is what we are here
today to talk about. to remember what happened, to remember our history. to respect our history, but to recommit to the empowerment of women. i salute the new class. what a wonderful new class. [ cheers and applause ] we salute your large numbers. we salute your diversity. but remember, with diversity comes the duty. it is our duty to make democracy work. and to make democracy work we have to work at democracy. certainly today, this commemoration reconfirms that commitment, and working hand-in- hand, we hope to plan commemoration, so you will be so proud of what we recommend.
at the end of our commemoration, america will remember that the constitution includes everyone and that everybody has an opportunity in our society to be able to feel empowered. so i say god bless america. god bless our constitution. and may the force be with us. [ laughter ] [ applause ] >> ladies and gentlemen, the honorable brenda lawrence, the cochair on the house caucus of women's issues. [ cheers and applause ] >> madam speaker, what a nice sound that is. members of the women's suffrage centennial commission, honored guests, thank you so much for gathering here today. the 19th amendment played a significant role in the advancement of women's rights. it is truly a privilege to be
here today. as we honor the 100 anniversary of the passage of the amendment to the house, to the u.s. constitution granting women the right to vote. the amendment was guided by shared ideas of freedom, democracy, civil liberty and individual rights for all. while the 19th amendment open the doors for many women to vote, it did not resolve the issue of suffrage for many women of color, native american and immigrant women. we continue to battle the four voting rights for decades. the native american women, four years later, the african- american women, years after this amendment was passed. the opportunity for greater political voice drew african-
american women to the suffrage movement. i wear a red ribbon, i am a proud member of delta sigma, we marched as black women. we did not ask permission, we knew that it was the right thing to do. we were in the back of the parade. because voting rights, this is an issue for every woman in america. these women, along with many others, shared a valuable lesson that progress is no accident. it takes the power of persistence and dedication to our goals to turn our vision of equality into reality. and it is a lesson that we are applying every day in the halls of congress.
it is with great appreciation that i honor the sacrifices of the women that never gave up. they never gave up the fight to ensure liberty, justice and equality for all. this represents 106 women members of congress. a significant number who are women of color today. [ cheers and applause ] and today an estimated 67 million women participate in our elections. pay attention. which would not be possible without the brave and brilliant suffragettes that never gave up the fight. i am so proud and excited that my resolution hr 354 commemorating this historic anniversary of the 19th amendment passed in the house
today by a unanimous consent from both sides of the aisle. [ cheers and applause ] i am going to close with this comments that i use all of the time. i love this country. i love america for all of the journeys and i love a country that at one time did not love me back. it did not love me as a woman and it did not love me as an african-american, but our democracy, the pursuit and dedication to equality that was shown by these amazing women and the suffrage movement is one of the reasons why i show up here. i walk the halls of congress that was built by slaves. is a little back -- black girl from the east side of detroit, raised by a southern woman, who
was the grandchild of an emancipated slave, i believe in one nation, under god, indivisible with liberty and justice for all. and that includes women. thank you. [ cheers and applause ] >> ladies and gentlemen, the honorable debbie lesko, representative from arizona and co-chair of the house caucus on >> ladies and gentlemen, in the honorable representative from arizona and the cochair of the caucus on women's issues. >> thank you, wasn't that something, what a great job radecke, you did a fantastic job. very inspirational. well, hello ladies, how are you doing today? and men. what a historic day this is and
what a historic place that we are doing this in. good afternoon. i proudly represent arizona's eighth congressional district. this congress, i have the distinct honor of serving as the republican chair of the congressional caucus for women's issues alongside my colleague brenda lawrence. we are truly a bipartisan caucus, working together to improve the lives of women and families across the country. i am especially honored to join you here today in statuary hall, the whole of the house to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the passage of the 19th amendment, giving all women the right to vote. this is a special place. in this very room sat eight presidents, including john
quincy adams and abraham lincoln. they walk through these hallways. as the first woman ever elected to congress, even before the ratification of the 19th amendment, at her swearing-in she remarked, i may be the first women member of congress, but i will not be the last. [ cheers and applause ] we are prove that she was rights. since then a total of 365 women have served in the united states congress. this year as we celebrate the centennial of women's suffrage, we also celebrate the most women who have ever served in congress. [ cheers and applause ] we make
history today because these women forged the path for us right here in these hallowed halls. 131 of us women serving today stand shoulder to shoulder was all of those who came before us. we honor the courage, the determination and persistence of those who successfully fought for women's voting rights. as we commemorate this incredible accomplishment of women in american history, i believe the most lasting tribute that we can pay to continue our efforts to prove this nation improve the station for the next generation of women and men that will come after us. so today, let us celebrate the many women and men that never gave up. who fought hard to ensure the right to vote for every woman in america. we honor the suffragette sisters
who fought for generations of women that they would never meet. but they still change the trajectory of their lives. we would not be here today if it were not for them. over the north door of this room , towards the rotunda is the depiction of cleo, the muse of history. writing a chariot, and writing in the book of time, may she fill her pages, even more incredible women, for generations to come. thank you and god bless you. [ cheers and applause ] >> ladies and gentlemen, ms. cokie roberts and ms. rebecca. >> what a true honor to be here
in this hallowed hall. this room is named for my mother and rebecca's grandmother. all of you fabulous, powerful women and kevin mccarthy. it really is an occasion worth celebrating. and celebrating well into next year. let me read you the new york times headline from may 22, 1919. " 19 republicans and 70 democrats . the surprise votes was long worse who voted the year before the amendment came to the house.
he voted against it then. he said, things had changed since then. he didn't mention his art wife alice who probably would not let him come home. after that heart stopping vote in the house. the women's fight for rights persisted. the house speaker in 1918, the democratic leader in 1919, he said when i first came to town, the voice of the suffragettes was like john the baptist. his own wife, took him there to
see what horrible conditions existed there. for the crime of blocking the sidewalk. so they were locked up. some for days, some for weeks, some for months. locked up. they were essentially tortured and they went on hunger strikes to protest. it had the effect of making the men in congress at least somewhat uncomfortable. that, plus active organizations at the grassroots, relentless lobbying, true public relations, that all combined to bring them out of the wilderness. the cheering of the women and the galleries made the news. this time after may 21, 1919,
passage in the senate occurred. mr. little of kansas said that women were working in the war effort, and they were forced to earn their own livelihood. and he said that women already have the vote in his state of kansas and no homes had been disrupted as a result of political disagreement. probably not true today. the year before, she had been on the floor for the vote. she lost in her bid for the senate in the next election. as i look around today and see these wonderful women. i think how things would have
been different. nancy pelosi would have rounded up the votes, no problem. she would have rounded -- they didn't just want the vote for themselves, they wanted the vote for an agenda. they wanted the vote because they wanted to stop child labor. they wanted maternity clinics. they wanted to do a whole host of social welfare. they had been working on these things since the beginning of the republic, but they needed a vote to have the clout to do these things. this is what the congressional caucus on women's issues continues to do in a bipartisan way. so please keep convincing women
to run and win. it is important to celebrate the stories today. it is important to know them in the next generation and for the next generation to know. my own next generation has taken on the task of telling them about suffragettes in washington. so i partially introduce you face probably introduce you. >> both mom and speaker pelosi both mentioned that they are speaking in the only room named after a woman. my grandmother became a formidable force in american politics. this history is really recent. it is important to know, people keep saying, role models for
girls. that is fine. but the main reason to know it is if be you don't know about women's history, you're getting history wrong. [ applause ] and the reason to know about this movement in women's history is that they won. they were incredibly successful activist. they changed the world. they did it by women and for women. so if you want to change the world and i think that we all do, then there are role models, they were incredible. votes and then go out and change the world. thank you. [ applause ] >> ladies and gentlemen, the honorable nancy pelosi, the speaker of the house of
representatives. [ cheers and applause ] >> i want to thank our participants for their valuable contributions, the enthusiasm and the wisdom of today. i was motivated to tell you a story when i heard some of the stories told here. one was, when annette rankin was the first woman to serve in congress, when she was here, it was a very hostile judiciary committee. she suggested that they start a committee for women , for women's suffrage. this was the committee that she spoke for. it went around the judiciary committee and they took it to the rules committee,
which passed. this made her the ranking republican for the committee on women's suffrage, that later passed the resolution. even in those days, they had to go through the committee. the next-door you want to tell you is a personal one. what does first elected leader. i went to my first meeting at the white house. when i went to my first meeting at the white house, i was not intimidated by going to the meeting. i had been to the white house many times. or as the members of the intelligence committee. but when i went into the meeting , when the door closed behind me, i realized this was a meeting like none i have ever been to before. because it was just congressional leadership and the president of the united states.
women had ac at the white house, but the power at the table derived from him. my power derives from the democratic caucus from the house of representatives. [ cheers and applause ] as the republican leadership arrived. the president of the united states george w. bush, was welcoming, lovely, gracious and was making nice remarks. all of a sudden, i couldn't hear what he was saying because i was squeezed into my chair. and then i realized that susan b anthony, all of them, they were all in the chair with me. they were all right there. i
could hear them say, at last we have a seat at the table. [ cheers and applause ] and then they were gone. my first thought was, we want more. again, this is a wonderful day. it is more special because our democratic leader has brought a very special guest. and she's the first woman and the first african-american woman, to be the speaker of the house at the state of maryland. speaker jones. [ cheers and applause ] >> thank you. >> adrian jones, remember that name, history.
>> i would like to conclude for all the women past and present who have served in that set -- in the house. that includes you senator mccloskey. [ cheers and applause ] and so, for those who are gathered up here, would like, two women, in congress, at the military, at home moms, ready, more power to you. thank you all very much. >> some of our members are enjoying refreshments early. thank you all.