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April 11, 2019 Rep. Chris Taylor, 608-266-5342
Rep. Taylor Joins Governor Evers in Celebrating Ratification of 19th Amendment
Governor signs Executive Order to recognize the centennial of women’s right to vote
MADISON – Today, Representative Chris Taylor (D-Madison) joined Governor Tony Evers as he signed an Executive Order creating a committee to celebrate the centennial anniversary of Wisconsin’s ratification of the 19th Amendment, which gave women the right to vote. The committee is comprised of all the women elected to the state level of Wisconsin government and will be chaired by the First Lady, Kathy Evers.
In response to her appointment to this committee, Rep. Taylor issued the following statement:
“I am so proud to be a member of this wonderful bipartisan committee celebrating the history made in Wisconsin 100 years ago,” said Rep. Taylor. “Wisconsin was the first state to ratify the 19th Amendment, and while we celebrate this historic day for Wisconsin women and their many contributions to the state, we also are celebrating the history we are making here every day.
This session we have the most women in the legislature since 2003 at 28 women, with 7 new women joining us in the Assembly this session. And for the first time in our state’s history, one caucus in the Assembly, our Assembly Democratic caucus, currently has more women than men with 18 women and 17 men. On a local level, we made history here in Madison with a newly elected school board that is completely comprised of women and the second woman and first openly LGBTQ executive in our city’s history.
It is truly an exciting time to be a woman in leadership in Wisconsin, but we still have a long way to go until the makeup of our legislature reflects the makeup of our state. I am excited to support Governor Evers’ Executive Order today and to continue the work of the women who came before us to better the world for the women who will come after us.”