2019 - 2020 LEGISLATURE
April 25, 2019 - Introduced by Representatives Ballweg, Billings, Brandtjen,
Cabrera, Dittrich, Duchow, Emerson, Felzkowski, Hesselbein, Kerkman,
Kolste, Loudenbeck, Magnafici, Meyers, Myers, Neubauer, Pope,
Rodriguez, Sargent, Shankland, Sinicki, Stubbs, Stuck, Subeck, C. Taylor,
VanderMeer, Vining, Zamarripa, Allen, Anderson, August, Born, Bowen,
Brooks, Brostoff, Considine, Crowley, Doyle, Edming, Fields, Goyke,
Gruszynski, Gundrum, Haywood, Hebl, Hintz, Horlacher, Hutton, Jagler,
James, Katsma, Kitchens, Knodl, Krug, Kuglitsch, Kulp, Kurtz, Macco,
Milroy, Murphy, Mursau, Neylon, Novak, Nygren, Ohnstad, Oldenburg,
Ott, Petersen, Petryk, Plumer, Pronschinske, Quinn, Ramthun, Riemer,
Rohrkaste, Sanfelippo, Schraa, Skowronski, Snyder, Spiros, Spreitzer,
Stafsholt, Steffen, Steineke, Summerfield, Swearingen, Tauchen,
Thiesfeldt, Tittl, Tranel, Tusler, Vorpagel, Vos, Vruwink, Wichgers,
Wittke and Zimmerman, cosponsored by Senators Bernier, Johnson, Bewley,
Darling, Ringhand, Schachtner, Shilling, L. Taylor, Carpenter, Cowles,
Craig, Erpenbach, Feyen, Fitzgerald, Hansen, Jacque, Kapenga, Larson,
LeMahieu, Marklein, Miller, Nass, Olsen, Petrowski, Risser, Roth, Smith,
Stroebel, Testin, Tiffany, Wanggaard and Wirch. Referred to Committee on
AJR30,1,2 1Relating to: celebrating June 10, 2019, as the 100th Anniversary of ratifying the
219th Amendment.
AJR30,1,53 Whereas, June 10, 2019, marks the 100th anniversary of Wisconsin leading the
4nation as the first state to ratify the 19th Amendment, allowing women the right to
5vote; and
AJR30,1,76 Whereas, Wisconsin women fought for the right to vote for more than a century
7before it was granted and persevered in the face of resistance; and
AJR30,1,108 Whereas, the national constitutional amendment for women's suffrage passed
9overwhelmingly in the Wisconsin Assembly 54 to 2 and in the Wisconsin Senate 25
10to 1; and
AJR30,2,211 Whereas, to be the first state, Wisconsin raced with Illinois and Michigan,
12appointing former State Senator David James as special messenger to transfer the

1certification to Washington, D.C., with James hand-delivering the certification
2moments before the Illinois messenger arrived; and
AJR30,2,43 Whereas, Wisconsin became the first state to file the certification, other states
4soon followed; and
AJR30,2,65 Whereas, the necessary 36 states soon ratified the 19th Amendment; half of the
6U.S. population was enfranchised on August 26, 1920; and
AJR30,2,107 Whereas, the fight for women's suffrage, from the first women's rights
8convention to enfranchisement, lasted 72 years, with women from all walks of life,
9political views, and demographic backgrounds asking for the right to voice their
10opinions at the polls; and
AJR30,2,1211 Whereas, Wisconsin women by the thousands advocated for the right to vote on
12the streets, in newspapers, and in the state and federal capitols; and
AJR30,2,1513 Whereas, Wisconsin-born Carrie Chapman Catt led the national movement,
14meeting with President Woodrow Wilson to secure his support for suffrage in light
15of women's contributions during World War I; and
AJR30,2,1716 Whereas, Wisconsin women, like former First Lady Belle Case LaFollette and
17Reverend Olympia Brown, garnered national attention for their suffrage efforts; and
AJR30,2,1918 Whereas, Ada James took women's right to vote to the streets and re-energized
19suffrage efforts in 1912; and
AJR30,2,2220 Whereas, Theodora Winton Youmans helped heal the state's suffragists after
21the failure of the 1912 referendum and continued the movement to educate
22Wisconsin residents on the benefits of women voters; and
AJR30,2,2423 Whereas, women had been organized under the statewide structure of the
24Wisconsin Woman's Suffrage Association since 1869; and
1Whereas, it took male allies to support women in their endeavor to vote, for it
2was sons, husbands, and fathers who ultimately heard the calls of women and took
3this historic vote on June 10, 1919; and
AJR30,3,64 Whereas, daughters, granddaughters, and great-granddaughters of the
5women who fought so hard to vote have been making their voices heard at the polls
6for nearly 100 years; and
AJR30,3,87 Whereas, most of the women who began asking for the right to vote never lived
8to see the enfranchisement of women; and
AJR30,3,119 Whereas, women are running for office in unprecedented numbers, may
10current politicians, both male and female, remember that they follow in the footsteps
11of these great suffragists; and
AJR30,3,1412 Whereas, the Wisconsin Women's Suffrage Association was empowered by the
13slogan “Women's Suffrage Yesterday, Today and Forever,” and Wisconsin still
14embodies this principle today; now, therefore, be it
AJR30,3,18 15Resolved by the assembly, the senate concurring, That the Wisconsin
16State Legislature celebrates June 10, 2019, as the 100th Anniversary of ratifying the
1719th Amendment and reaffirms Wisconsin's commitment to empowering and
18uplifting the voices of women across our great state.
AJR30,3,1919 (End)