Pelosi honors 100th anniversary of women's right to vote

Speaker Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiTrip that led to acting Navy secretary's resignation cost 3K: reports Overnight Health Care: Trump steps up attack on WHO | Fauci says deaths could be lower than first projected | House panel warns federal stockpile of medical supplies depleted | Mnuchin, Schumer in talks over relief deal House Republicans, key administration officials push for additional funding for coronavirus small business loans MORE (D-Calif.) joined fellow lawmakers to help mark the 100th anniversary of the 19th Amendment, which gave women the right to vote, at the Library of Congress on Tuesday night.

The library opened a new exhibit "Shall Not Be Denied," which celebrates the lives and achievements of suffragists including Susan B. Anthony and Elizabeth Cady Stanton.

Pelosi praised the "courage" of the suffragists and said it was important to honor their efforts, which paved the way for her and other women.


“You’ve heard so much about the work of the suffragettes. Imagine their courage. They were starved, they did starve. They had to, shall we say, break with family, in certain instances, leave home," Pelosi said at the event.

"Imagine the courage they had. They knew their ‘why,’ they knew their purpose. They knew what they wanted to achieve and how to get it done.”

Pelosi also paid tribute to the record number of women in Congress, with over 100 serving, and the first woman Librarian of Congress, Carla Hayden.

“This is just a wonderful time in our country’s history,” Pelosi said.

“We stand on the shoulders of these really remarkable people who did something so historic, really," she added. "We understand that responsibility.”

Also at the event were Sen. Marsha BlackburnMarsha BlackburnTrump must cut our dependence on Chinese drugs — whatever it takes Senate passes House's coronavirus aid bill, sending it to Trump Nikki Haley expected to endorse Loeffler in Senate race MORE (R-Tenn.) and Rep. Brenda LawrenceBrenda Lulenar LawrenceSanders looks to regain momentum in must-win Michigan Wheeler faces questions over Pruitt spending Democratic congresswomen wear white to Trump's address in honor of suffrage movement MORE (D-Mich.), who hailed the passage earlier Tuesday of legislation, the Women's Suffrage Centennial Commission Commemorative Coin Bill, which directs the Treasury Department to create commemorative silver coins to honor the women's suffrage movement. Blackburn and Sen. Kirsten GillibrandKirsten GillibrandFormer Clinton staffers invited to celebrate Sanders dropping out: report States battle each other for equipment in supply chain crunch The Hill's Campaign Report: Biden struggles to stay in the spotlight MORE (D-N.Y.) introduced the Senate bill, while Lawrence and Rep. Elise StefanikElise Marie StefanikBottom line Overnight Health Care: CDC recommends face coverings in public | Resistance to social distancing sparks new worries | Controversy over change of national stockpile definition | McConnell signals fourth coronavirus bill Lawmakers press IRS to get coronavirus checks to seniors MORE (R-N.Y.) introduced the bill in the House.

"I’m going to tell my grandchildren, your grandma did that,” Lawrence said to applause and laughter.  

The lawmakers, as well as others in attendance, were wearing white, in homage to the movement.

“It should be clear women were not granted the right to vote. Instead, as this exhibition will show you, women earned it,” Hayden told the crowd.

Before the audience dispersed to enjoy refreshments and view the exhibit, performers from the production "19: The Musical" about the suffrage movement, performed for the group.