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

Speaker Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiSally Yates: Moral fiber of US being 'shredded by unapologetic racism' Al Green calls for additional security for House members after Trump rally #IStandWithPresTrump trends in response to #IStandWithIlhan 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 BlackburnSocial media summit highlights partisan approaches on tech Trump announces, endorses ambassador to Japan's Tennessee Senate bid Hillicon Valley: Trump rails against 'terrible bias' at White House social media summit | Twitter hit by hour-long outage | Google admits workers listen to smart device recordings MORE (R-Tenn.) and Rep. Brenda LawrenceBrenda Lulenar LawrenceHere are the 95 Democrats who voted to support impeachment Lee Zeldin responds to Ilhan Omar accusing him of 'bigotry' Ilhan Omar: Endorsement of Black-Jewish Caucus 'isn't an endorsement of Zeldin's bigotry' 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 Elizabeth Gillibrand2020 Democrats react to 'send her back' chants at Trump rally First responder calls senators blocking 9/11 victim funding 'a--holes' Democrats warm to idea of studying reparations MORE (D-N.Y.) introduced the Senate bill, while Lawrence and Rep. Elise StefanikElise Marie StefanikRising number of GOP lawmakers criticize Trump remarks about minority Dems Overnight Defense: Woman accusing general of sexual assault willing to testify | Joint Chiefs pick warns against early Afghan withdrawal | Tensions rise after Iran tries to block British tanker House approves amendment to reverse transgender military ban 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.