Governor Mills Honors 100th Anniversary of Women’s Suffrage


“Both of my grandmothers voted for the first time in the presidential election of 1920 and within a few short years, each was elected to the school boards of their respective towns, Farmington and Ashland.  I like to think that they would be proud that, within a hundred years of being able to vote for the first time, their granddaughter would be the first women governor of Maine.  Women’s voices and women’s votes contribute to our state’s robust history of civic engagement, from our tradition of town meetings to our record high voter turnout year after year.  Women of all parties in all corners of the state take very seriously the responsibility to participate in our own democracy at all levels.

We have gained important ground in the last 100 years,  but we all know women, especially women of color, are still underrepresented and sill disadvantaged because of sex. The suffrage movement victories were hard won, but the work is not done.  As we celebrate the 100th Anniversary of women’s Suffrage, let us all honor those who fought for our right to vote by recommitting ourselves to the long road toward equal rights for all,” said Governor Janet T. Mills, the first women governor for the State of Maine, in a press release issued by her office today.

note from  So where is Portland’s Voiceless Mayor Kate Snyder on this auspices occasion?  Maybe city manager Jon Jennings didn’t send her the memo telling her of the significance of the day.