Washington celebrates 100th anniversary of women's voting rights.
RICHLAND, Wash. -- The League of Women Voters of Benton and Franklin Counties celebrated November 8, the 100th anniversary of women having the right to vote in the state of Washington. Washington was the first state in the 20th century to grant women the right and the fifth in the nation. It wasn't until ten years later when all the states approved women's sufferage.
Some twenty women gathered at the Richland Community Center at Howard Amon Park and marched on their behalf. The president of LVW in Benton and Franklin Counties, Marilyn Perkins says, "a lot of people worked hard for this right over the years and we shouldn't take it for granted and we should use it every opportunity we have."
Women were granted and stripped the right to vote several times before it was made permanent 100 years ago.