Women's suffrage presentation Thursday

Posted: Mar. 20, 2013 12:02 pm Updated: Apr. 17, 2013 1:15 pm

The League of Women Voters of Adams County will celebrate the 100th anniversary of women's right to vote in Illinois starting at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, in the Regency Room at the Town & Country Inn & Suites, 110 N. 54th.

Virginia Boynton of the History Department at Western Illinois University will present the program titled "The Suffrage Centennial: Women's Right to Vote in Illinois." The public is invited.

June 26, 1913, is the official date Illinois women received the right to vote in presidential elections. Illinois was a more populous state than any other state that had given women the vote and the first state east of the Mississippi to expand the vote to women.

Illinois propelled the national suffrage movement into its final phase, leading to the 19th amendment in 1920.