November 30, 2020

Congressman Neguse Calls for Senate Republicans and Democrats to Pass His Bill to Install a Women’s Suffrage Monument in Washington D.C.

Washington D.C.—Today, Congressman Joe Neguse sent a letter to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, calling for the Senate to pass his legislation to install the first outdoor monument honoring the women’s suffrage movement in Washington, D.C. The bill, originally introduced by Congressman Neguse in January 2019, has since passed the U.S. House of Representatives with bipartisan support and has gained the support of President Trump. 

“With the 100th anniversary of passage of the 19th Amendment and women’s suffrage in the United States upon us, it is critical that we ensure our nation’s capital commemorates and celebrates the long-fought victories of American Suffragists. This legislation is integral not only to our own memorialization of this important historical anniversary, but also to the messages of equality and opportunity we wish to impart to every generation to come,” writes Congressman Neguse. “I respectfully urge you to consider expedited passage of this legislation in the U.S. Senate before the end of the 116th Congress, and am grateful for your attention regarding this matter.” 

Read the letter here.  

Background 

Congressman Joe Neguse introduced H.R. 473 in January 2019 after constituents in Loveland, Colorado proposed the idea of installing the first outdoor women’s suffrage monument in Washington D.C. The bill would authorize the Every Word We Utter Board, located in Loveland, Colorado to select and install the historic monument. The board aims to install a statue created by Jane DeDecker which depicts Susan B. Anthony, Elizabeth Cady Stanton, Sojourner Truth, Harriet Stanton Blatch, Alice Paul and Ida B. Wells. It’s title comes from a letter Elizabeth Cady Stanton wrote to Lucretia Mott in which she wrote about the power of words and deeds: “Every word we utter, every act we perform, waft unto innumerable circles, beyond.” 

The bill gained swift momentum in the House. The House Natural Resources Committee held a hearing on the bill on May 22nd and sent the measure to the House floor on September 19th. The bill passed the U.S. House of Representatives with unanimous support on February 22, 2020. Senator Michael Bennet and Senator Cory Gardner have sponsored a companion measure in the Senate.