Illinois female lawmakers celebrate 100th anniversary of 19th Amendment

CHICAGO (WLS) -- June 6, 1918, Illinois became one of the first states to ratify the 19th Amendment giving women the right to vote at a federal level.

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Lawmakers had approved women's voting rights at the state level six years earlier, becoming the first state east of the Mississippi to approve such a measure.

Monday, some of Illinois' most powerful female politicians celebrated the anniversary by wearing white, which is the traditional color worn by women suffragists.

It took more than a year before the federal voting rights amendment became official on August 26th, 1920.
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