WARREN, Ohio (WYTV) – Dozens of people got together at the Women’s Park in Warren Friday afternoon to celebrate the 96th anniversary of the 19th Amendment.
On August 26 in 1920, the 19th Amendment became part of the constitution, granting women the right to vote.
At the ceremony, several women in service to the community were honored, including members of the Howland Fire Department, a Trumbull County sheriff’s deputy, EMTs, an Ohio Department of Transportation worker and women in the military.
“No matter what a woman would want to do as her career, we’re glad that in 2016, she’s able to do it,” said Sandy Mahaffey, Women’s Equality Day Committee chair. “Really, even as far as the ’70s, women were very held back.”
Mahaffey says August 26 is the one day just for women.
Even though women who serve the community were honored Friday, she says it’s really all about the right to vote and women having a say in government.