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

Speaker Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiPatagonia says to shut stores for a few hours during Global Climate Strike Overnight Health Care — Presented by Partnership for America's Health Care Future — Pelosi unveils signature plan to lower drug prices | Trump says it's 'great to see' plan | Progressives pushing for changes Progressives push for changes to Pelosi drug pricing plan 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 BlackburnTaylor Swift 'obsessed' with politics, says she's cautious about celebrity support backfiring for Democrats The evolution of Taylor Swift's political activism Kellyanne Conway responds to Taylor Swift criticism by invoking pop star's lyrics MORE (R-Tenn.) and Rep. Brenda LawrenceBrenda Lulenar LawrenceMichigan House Democrats plan vigil for Iraqi man who died after deportation Democrats warn of Trump trap Democratic lawmaker: 'I love America even though at times she didn't love me back' 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 GillibrandTwo years after Maria, Puerto Rico awaits disaster funds Defense bill talks set to start amid wall fight Democrats seize Senate floor to protest gun inaction: 'Put up or shut up' MORE (D-N.Y.) introduced the Senate bill, while Lawrence and Rep. Elise StefanikElise Marie StefanikBarbra Streisand calls for end to 'antiquated' Electoral College Republican lawmakers ask Trump not to delay Pentagon cloud-computing contract Rising number of GOP lawmakers criticize Trump remarks about minority Dems 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.