Posted: Aug 27, 2013 2:38 PM by Lindsey Gordon - MTN News
Updated: Aug 27, 2013 2:38 PM
HELENA - Ninety-three years ago women finally won the right to vote and Montana Secretary of State Linda McCulloch is celebrating the anniversary and kicking off a weeklong celebration of women's empowerment in the Capitol rotunda.
The event is the start to McCulloch's multi-city, week-long tour where she will visit women-owned businesses across Montana.
During her speech, McCulloch pointed out that the Montana executive branch is held by a majority of females: Superintendent of Public Instruction Denise Juneau (D) and State Auditor Monica Lindeen (D).
Also attending the celebration was the president of the Montana League of Women Voters, Nancy Detrick, as well as a former Commissioner of Political Practices, Linda Vaughey, who shared her experience obtaining U.S. citizenship.
"It is not a simple privilege to vote, it is my right and responsibility as a citizen and how could I do less? How can I do less when I am so moved by the stories of the women who organized long before suffrage was granted," said Vaughey.
Specifically, the 19th Amendment prohibits all state and federal governments from denying women the right to vote.