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S.R. No. 5, as introduced: 2005 1st Special Session Posted on June 16, 2005.

sr0005 1.1 A senate resolution 1.2 honoring South St. Paul for 100 years of leadership in 1.3 support of women's rights. 1.4 1.5 WHEREAS, those communities that have taken a lead role in 1.6 advancing equal rights for all perform an important service 1.7 deserving of special legislative recognition; and 1.8 WHEREAS, in 1905, when significant charter revisions were 1.9 being considered and a special election was held, the city of 1.10 South St. Paul became the first community to permit women to 1.11 cast a vote; and 1.12 WHEREAS, although the women's votes were not credited in 1.13 the ultimate tally, they were recorded as a matter of public 1.14 interest, and the 758 men who turned out to cast their votes 1.15 were joined by 17 women in the first ward, 22 women in the 1.16 second ward, and seven women in the third ward, for a total of 1.17 46 voices from the distaff side; and 1.18 WHEREAS, ingrained opinions against women's right to vote 1.19 in the early 1900's made for a fierce battle for suffrage, as 1.20 women sought to change attitudes which had been a part of daily 1.21 life for centuries; and 1.22 WHEREAS, the pioneering women of South St. Paul included 1.23 many who were active in the suffrage movement throughout the 1.24 county, and in many ways the employment opportunity created by 2.1 the presence of the packing plants in the city had increased the 2.2 community's awareness that if women could work, they could vote; 2.3 and 2.4 WHEREAS, finally, on August 26, 1920, the U.S. Congress 2.5 ratified the 19th Amendment and granted women the right to vote 2.6 across the country, and as soon as word came through of the 2.7 ratification, the city of South St. Paul scheduled an election 2.8 to be held the following morning regarding an $85,000 water bond 2.9 bill; and 2.10 WHEREAS, national media converged on South St. Paul that 2.11 morning at 5:30 a.m., as 87 South St. Paul women became the 2.12 first to vote in the United States, and in many ways it was a 2.13 milestone for both women and the nation; and 2.14 WHEREAS, June 16, 2005, marks the 100th anniversary of 2.15 South St. Paul being the first community to allow women to cast 2.16 a vote; NOW, THEREFORE, 2.17 BE IT RESOLVED by the Senate of the State of Minnesota that 2.18 it congratulates South St. Paul on its progressive history and 2.19 support of women's rights, and honors the community on the 100th 2.20 anniversary of its historic election which put it on the 2.21 vanguard of the women's suffrage movement. 2.22 BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the Secretary of the Senate is 2.23 directed to prepare an enrolled copy of this resolution, to be 2.24 authenticated by his signature and that of the Senate Majority 2.25 Leader, and transmit it to the mayor of South St. Paul.