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‘California Women’s Equality Day’ Marks Ratification of 19th Amendment

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SACRAMENTO – Governor Gavin Newsom issued a proclamation on November 2nd declaring “California Women’s Equality Day” in recognition of the centennial anniversary of California’s ratification of the Nineteenth Amendment – granting women the right to vote. California ratified the Nineteenth Amendment on November 1, 1919.

California First Partner and Women’s Suffrage Centennial Commissioner Jennifer Siebel Newsom, in partnership with Senator Connie M. Leyva and Assemblymember Monique Limón, Chair and Vice Chair of the California Legislative Women’s Caucus, has asked that the California State Capitol, the Library and Courts Building, and the Jesse M. Unruh Building be illuminated in purple and gold to honor women’s suffrage. The buildings will be illuminated from 6:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.

“The centennial gives us the opportunity to celebrate the brave suffragists on whose shoulders we stand, and to carry the spirit of the movement forward by fighting for the equality of all women across this state,” said First Partner Jennifer Siebel Newsom.

“As Chair of the Women’s Caucus, I celebrate California’s important role in the ratification of the 19th Amendment and know that the Golden State will continue to lead the nation on gender equality and inclusion,” said Senator Connie M. Leyva (D – Chino).

The First Partner will also host “California Votes for Women: A Golden State Suffrage Celebration” on Saturday, November 9th at the California Museum. More information on that event can be found here: https://www.californiamuseum.org/cavotesforwomen

Speaker Nancy Pelosi appointed First Partner Jennifer Siebel Newsom to serve on the Women’s Suffrage Centennial Commission, which is tasked with commemorating and coordinating the nationwide centennial celebration of the passage and ratification of the Nineteenth Amendment.

The text of the proclamation:

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