Appointed by Senate President: Cheryl C. Kagan; Katherine A. Klausmeier.
Appointed by House Speaker: Ariana B. Kelly; Susan K. McComas.
Women Legislators of Maryland at Suffrage Program, State House, Annapolis, Maryland, February 2013. Photo courtesy of Women Legislators of Maryland.
Ex officio: Maj. Gen. Linda L. Singh, designee of Governor; Emily Oland Squires, designee of State Archivist; Cynthia D. Miller, designee of Managing Director, Tourism, Film, & the Arts, Dept. of Commerce; Elizabeth A. Hughes, Director, Division of Historical & Cultural Programs, Dept. of Planning; Patricia D. Anderson, Ph.D., designee of President, Maryland Historical Society.
Women's Suffrage Historical Marker, commemorating historic women's suffrage march through Maryland, February 1913, unveiled by 19th Amendment Commission, June 9, 2014. Photo Courtesy of 19th Amendment Commission.
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Members of 19th Amendment Commission & Maryland Commission for Women at Historic Marker unveiling, Overlea, Maryland, June 9, 2014. Photo Courtesy of 19th Amendment Commission.
Despite a strong suffrage movement in the State, Maryland initially rejected the 19th Amendment on March 26, 1920 (Joint Resolution no. 2, Acts of 1920). By May 29, 1941, however, the General Assembly chose to ratify it (Joint Resolution no. 12, Acts of 1941). Further, with regard to the Maryland Constitution, the General Assembly in 1956 voted to amend the document to expand the franchise so that it would not be limited to those described as "white male" (Chapter 99, Acts of 1956, ratified by the voters, November 6, 1956).
Seventeen members constitute the Commission (Chapter 478, Acts of 2017; Code State Government Article, sec. 9-3001).
Authorization for the Task Force extends through October 31, 2020.
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