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Wisconsin celebrating 100th anniversary of 19th Amendment

MADISON — Wisconsin is celebrating the 100th anniversary of the state’s ratification of the 19th Amendment, which gave women the right to vote.

A ceremony Monday in the state Capitol features an unveiling of the state’s original 19th Amendment and comments from first lady Kathy Evers, who led the state’s efforts to mark the anniversary.

Wisconsin was the first state in the country to ratify the amendment 100 years ago on Monday. It wasn’t until August 1920 that the 36th state ratified it, finally giving women the right to vote.

Part of the celebration includes people dressed as suffragists answering questions outside of the Capitol. Other events celebrating Wisconsin’s role in ratifying the amendment are planned across the state.

Former Lt. Gov. Rebecca Kleefisch is leading the national commission to celebrate the 100th anniversary.

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