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Gillibrand Pushes For Suffrage Centennial Commission

Sep 2, 2016

(AP & WXXI News) - One hundred years after women gained the right to vote, lawmakers are looking for ways to teach people how it came about.

Legislation being announced Friday would establish a Women's Suffrage Centennial Commission. New York Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand says the commission would work with federal, state and local governments, as well as private organizations and Congress to develop and coordinate suffrage-related educational activities.

The Commission would have the ability to award grants to organizations to support programs commemorating the anniversary of the 19th Amendment.

Gillibrand is scheduled to release details about her bill on Friday at the Buffalo History Museum and then at the Susan B. Anthony Museum and House in Rochester.