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Secretary of State Mollis to Celebrate Women's History Month at Cranston East High School Wednesday

PROVIDENCE, RI -- Secretary of State A. Ralph Mollis will mark March’s “Women’s History Month” by bringing the original 1920 law granting Rhode Island women the right to vote to Cranston East High School this Wednesday at 8:45 a.m.

Students will pack the school’s Media Center to hear Mollis use the examples of women’s suffrage to talk about the importance of registering to vote and supporting causes they believe in. He will also take questions from the students.

To demonstrate how far women have come since Rhode Island's version of the 19th amendment was signed into law 91 years ago, Mollis also will bring a document personally signed by Hillary Clinton that officially declared her intention to run in Rhode Island’s 2008 Presidential Primary.

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, only 59 percent of eligible 18-to-24-year-olds were registered to vote on Election Day 2008 and just 49 percent actually voted.

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MEDIA CONTACT: Chris Barnett at 222-4293 or cbarnett@sos.ri.gov.

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Department or agency: Office of the Secretary of State

Online: http://www.sos.ri.gov/

Release date: 03-22-2011

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