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.
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.