HATTIESBURG, Miss – In 1919, decades of women’s suffrage came to a head when the 19th amendment was passed in Congress, giving women the right to vote.
100 years later, women are still fighting for equality. However they’re also celebrating what they have already accomplished.
Today at a luncheon in Hattiesburg, that momentous law was celebrated.
“It’s an opportunity not just to celebrate what bringing women the right to vote and bringing them to the table in the electoral process means, but also celebrating all of the women from different walks of life who have contributed to the Hattiesburg or Greater Pine Belt community,” explained Anna Rush, the chair of the 19th Amendment committee who hosted this event. “So this is a great opportunity to celebrate them.“
The event was highlighted by a number of speakers, who honored groundbreaking pioneers in the fight for women’s equal rights.
That includes the event’s keynote speaker, Jennifer Ingram Johnson.