Ohio Statehouse Celebrates Women’s History Month

ohio statehouse in columbus ohioThe Ohio Statehouse will celebrate Women’s History Month, March 1 – 31, 2013, with tours of the Ladies’ Gallery and a special exhibit on Mrs. Warren G. Harding.

After ratification of the 19th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution in 1920, women gained the right to vote. Florence Harding was the first woman who was legally able to cast a vote for her husband, presidential candidate Warren G. Harding.  The exhibit showcases personal effects owned by Florence Harding.  The display also features a silent video of historic footage showing a suffragette parade, Florence and Warren G. Harding campaigning, as well as the couple voting in 1920.  The exhibit will be on view in the Ohio Statehouse Map Room on the ground floor throughout March.

Tours of the Ladies’ Gallery will be offered to Statehouse visitors throughout March.  The Ladies’ Gallery is a place of honor and learning in the Ohio Statehouse. The Ladies’ Gallery pays homage to Ohio’s first six women legislators who paved the way for women in government.  The room also honors all women who have served in the Ohio General Assembly.

Women’s History Month is the perfect time to visit www.OhioLadiesGallery.org.  The website further enhances the educational efforts of the Capitol Square Review and Advisory Board and is designed to provide valuable information to legislators, educators, history buffs and media outlets.  It features an attractive design, easy to use navigation, photo and video gallery and a database of every woman to serve in the Ohio General Assembly.

About the Ladies’ Gallery

Six capable and determined women were elected to the 85th Ohio General Assembly in 1923.  Serving in the Ohio House of Representatives were Nettie McKenzie Clapp, Cuyahoga County; Lulu Thomas Gleason, Lucas County; Adelaide Sterling Ott, Mahoning County; and May Martin Van Wye, Hamilton County.  Serving in the Ohio Senate were Nettie Bromley Loughead, Hamilton County; and Maude Comstock Waitt, Cuyahoga County.

The view this press release and others, visit www.ohiostatehouse.org


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