2019 Marks the 100th Anniversary of the 19th Amendment.
DEWITT, N.Y. (NCC News) — Five-year-old Isabella Gingold held her mother’s hand as she raced across the Jamesville-Dewitt High School parking lot towards the doors to the polling center. Isabella’s excitment to participate in her civic duty is especially fitting this Election Day as it marks the 100th anniversary of women’s suffrage in the United States, said her mother Samantha Gingold.
“I think it’s great she wanted to come with me,” Gingold said. “I think that it’s important to teach her from a young age to be a part of the community. As our stickers say, it’s 100 years of women voting, so it’s a strong legacy to leave behind for her.”
Onondaga County Election Inspector Norma Feldman handed out comemorative stickers, celebrating the milestone. Congress passed the 19th Amendment in 1919, which gave women the right to vote througout the United States.
“These stickers represent a big change,” Feldman said. “It’s an important event to comemorate. It’s important for both men and women to have an equal voice in their government, just as it is for every group that comes to this country and becomes a citizen.”
She added, “All men and women, and people of all backgrounds, deserve an opportunity to vote. This balance is key to make sure all voices are heard.”
Women have made an important difference politically over the last century, Feldman said.
“Women have affected a lot of policy,” She said. “Women spearheaded changes to child care, health care, and drunk driving laws. Women’s voices are getting heard, and they keep getting louder.”
This landmark anniversary made voting in the 2019 election special for DeWitt resident Linda Schriber.
“It seems unbelievable that we never had the right to vote because I’ve always had that right,” Schriber said. “It’s a privelege. Since we’re lucky enough to have this right, it’s important to vote.”
Gingold is glad she brought her daughter to the polls, she said.
“I want her to realize that it’s been so long and that this is something that had to be fought for,” Gingold said.
She added, “It reinforces that every vote counts, and it’s important to cast your vote even if you think it’s not making a difference. At the end of the day it is.”