UPDATED 7:07 AM PT — Monday, November 25, 2019
President Trump is set to pass legislation honoring women’s suffrage. The president will attend a ceremony at the Oval Office Monday, where he is expected to sign the Women’s Suffrage Centennial Commemorative Coin Act.
The bill calls for the design and production of a 2020 commemorative silver dollar, which honors the 100th anniversary of the passage of the 19th Amendment. The measure secured women’s right to vote in America. The coin will feature some of the prominent women who worked for decades to make female suffrage a reality.
While speaking before the Senate, Sen. Marsha Blackburn (R-Tenn.) said the measure will effectively serve as a reminder to future generations.
“It would be our tragedy if the stories of these trailblazers were forgotten by future generations,” said the Tennessee lawmaker. “It is our hope that by passing this important measure, and it is bipartisan, we will help keep their memory alive.”
Extra proceeds made from the sale of the coins will help support the Smithsonian Institution’s American Women’s History Initiative.
How did the women’s suffrage movement look? In June, The Atlantic captured this question through a collection of photographs illustrating the fight for the 19th Amendment.
Take a look at these images here: https://t.co/OaG3ypSBhC
— 2020 Women’s Vote Centennial Initiative (@2020centennial) November 23, 2019