Attorney General Martha Coakley with her husband Tom and their Labrador Retrievers in front of their Medford home. Courtesy photo.
Massachusetts Attorney General Martha Coakley, a Medford resident, had the following to say about the 90th anniversary of the 19th amendment to the US Constitution, which granted women the right to vote:
“The right of citizens of the United States to vote shall not be denied or abridged by the United States or by any state on the account of sex.”
It was with those powerful words of the 19th amendment, ratified into our Constitution on this day 90 years ago, that women in this country were granted the right to vote.
We have been great beneficiaries of all those who sacrificed to achieve this historic victory for civil rights. I know some of my most rewarding moments on the campaign trail are when I meet a young woman eager to cast her very first vote in an upcoming election.
Earlier today, I met with a group of women leaders from organizations across Massachusetts to commemorate this anniversary and to continue the important work of ensuring equality for all people.
I hope you too will take a moment to honor this historic day and that, together, we recommit ourselves to engaging in civic life.