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

Speaker Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiUSMCA is nice but no model Anti-impeachment Democrat poised to switch parties Grassley urges White House to help farmers in year-end tax talks 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 BlackburnTikTok chief cancels Capitol Hill meetings, inflaming tensions Lawsuits pose new challenge for TikTok TikTok's leader to meet with lawmakers next week MORE (R-Tenn.) and Rep. Brenda LawrenceBrenda Lulenar LawrenceHouse Democrat walks back remark favoring censure over impeachment Jane Fonda calls for protecting water resources at weekly DC climate protest DCCC adds senior staffers after summer departures 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 GillibrandAdvocacy groups decry Trump's 'anti-family policies' ahead of White House summit This bipartisan plan is the most progressive approach to paid parental leave Bombshell Afghanistan report bolsters calls for end to 'forever wars' MORE (D-N.Y.) introduced the Senate bill, while Lawrence and Rep. Elise StefanikElise Marie StefanikKoch campaign touts bipartisan group behind ag labor immigration bill Lawmakers introduce bipartisan bill to allow new parents to advance tax credits CNN's Bianna Golodryga: 'Rumblings' from Democrats on censuring Trump instead of impeachment 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.