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Secretary of State Mollis to Celebrate Women's History Month at Johnston Senior High School Tuesday

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 Johnston Senior High School this Tuesday at 9:15 a.m.

To demonstrate how far women have come since the "Act Extending the Right to Vote to Women Citizens" was signed into law 91 years ago, Mollis also will bring the document personally signed by Hillary Clinton officially declaring her intention to run in Rhode Island’s 2008 Presidential Primary.

Hundreds of students are expected to pack the school’s auditorium 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.

The "Act Extending the Right to Vote to Women Citizens" is among thousands of historic items preserved in the Secretary of State’s Archives. Located at 337 Westminster St., in downtown Providence, the State Archives is open to the public weekdays from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Secretary of State Mollis is committed to making it easier for Rhode Islanders to vote, helping businesses grow and making government more open and accessible. For more information about the programs and services the Secretary of State offers Rhode Islanders, visit


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  • Release date: 03-28-2011

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