Group celebrates Wisconsin’s leadership in women’s voting rights

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MADISON (WKOW) — 100 years ago this month Wisconsin became the first state to ratify the 19th Amendment, which gave women the right to vote.

The League of Women Voters of Wisconsin and Dane County hosted a celebration at the state Capitol on Sunday.

“The reason we’re celebrating a little early is because Wisconsin was the first state to ratify the amendment and we’re celebrating [Sunday] on a weekend instead of a weekday so that we can have inclusive gatherings with family and working people and people from out of state,” said Brook Soltvedt, vice president of the League of Women Voters of Dane County.

There was a program to highlight the importance of this anniversary and a march around the Capitol Square led by a group of Girl Scouts.

“I think this event is gonna be really good to show girls what their history is like and teach them that they can advocate for things they believe in and show girls they can do anything they set their mind to,” said Girl Scout Olivia Levia.

League members also worked with the public to help them register to vote.

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