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President Jean B. Bingham Celebrates Women’s Equality Day

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On Women’s Equality Day, observed today in the United States, Relief Society General President Jean B. Bingham expressed her gratitude for the 19th Amendment of the U.S. Constitution, which granted women the right to vote 100 years ago. President Bingham celebrated the anniversary by sharing a message on Facebook about the Relief Society’s role in the women’s suffrage movement. She wrote:

Today is Women’s Equality Day in the United States. This year it is an especially important day because we are celebrating 100 years since the adoption of the 19th amendment to the United States Constitution, which granted women the right to vote. Today is important to me because I am reminded of the foundational work done by Relief Society sisters and suffragists who worked tirelessly to make a difference.

Courtesy of the National Woman’s Party at Belmont-Paul Women’s Equality National Monument

This picture shows some of these great heroes. Standing in a spot that is now part of Temple Square, these Relief Society sisters—including Emmeline B. Wells and Ruth May Fox—stood with each other and with Senator Reed Smoot to advocate for women having the right to vote. Their legacy created a foundation for our Church today, where men and women continue to work together all over the world on important causes.

As you go about your day today, I hope you will take a few minutes to reflect on the amazing foundation these women created for us. One way you can learn more is to listen to Katherine Kitterman’s interview on the “Latter-day Saint Women” podcast:
Wherever you live, you can find inspiration in their stories, knowing that their work contributed to the Relief Society organization we are part of today. They are some of my heroes!
You can learn more about Latter-day Saint women and their involvement in the women’s suffrage movement below.

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