Homestead Monument to Mark Suffragist March

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

The Homestead National Monument of America has joined the National Women's Suffrage Centennial Celebration.

The monument's historian, Blake Bell, will give a special presentation on the relationship between the Homestead Act, women's rights and the suffrage movement. Bell's talk is scheduled to begin at 2 p.m. Sunday at the monument's Education Center.

The women's suffrage movement gained significant momentum when supporters marched down Pennsylvania Avenue in Washington, D.C., on March 3, 1913, demanding the right to vote.

They gained that right nationwide with the ratification of the 19th Amendment in 1920. Twenty-three of the 30 homesteading states had granted women the vote before the constitutional amendment.

Homestead National Monument is situated four miles west of Beatrice.

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