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Women’s Resource Center celebrated 90th anniversary of 19th amendment by registering voters

Erich Healy/ Arizona Daily Wildcat

Kate Stogsdill(left), history senior; and Jessica Whitson (right), spanish senior, recreate a historical picture to promote womens suffrage. The Womens Resource Center and Arizona Student Association were encouraging voter registration on the UA Mall Wednesday.
Erich Healy
Erich Healy/ Arizona Daily Wildcat Kate Stogsdill(left), history senior; and Jessica Whitson (right), spanish senior, recreate a historical picture to promote women’s suffrage. The Women’s Resource Center and Arizona Student Association were encouraging voter registration on the UA Mall Wednesday.

Suffragette excitement filled the UA Mall as students signed up voters and talked women’s rights.

In honor of the 90th anniversary of the 19th Amendment, which gave women the right to vote, the Women’s Resource Center in partnership with the Arizona Student Center was on the Mall registering people to vote.

In addition to voting, students were also invited to take a free photo holding a sign reading “”Vote For Women,””  a famous slogan from women’s suffrage.

The photos were then edited to make it look as if the participant was standing with the original suffragettes.

“”It’s kind of a then and now thing,”” said Women’s Resorce Center co-director and anthropology junior Eva Izhieman.

The photos were then e-mailed to participants after editing.

“”This is just a great way to raise awareness,”” said WRC Program Director Lori VanBuggenum.

According to VanBuggenum, the slogan comes from a famous speech by author Mark Twain.

“”I think it’s a real privilege that people in general get to vote,”” said Women’s Resource Center member and history senior Kate Stogsdill. “”The choice is what really matters.””

The first 100 people who registered to vote received free shirts.

They registered 82 people were to vote.

“”As women, we fought really hard to have the right to vote but not many people vote anymore, so it’s important to get the word out here,”” Izhieman said.

In addition to free shirts, the Women’s Resource Center also handed out pepper spray, buttons, pens and coin purses.

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