Celebrating 100 years of women's suffrage in South Dakota

RAPID CITY, S.D. (KEVN) - They're celebrating 100 years of women's suffrage in South Dakota at the School of Mines.

The 19th Amendment was ratified 98 years ago, but South Dakota was already ahead of the curve and granted women the right to vote two years earlier.

In Rapid City, Dr. Molly Rozum spoke about the historic vote that propelled the empowerment of women.

The American Association of University Women hosted the event, and they hope people understand the struggle ladies went through to get the right to vote.

Dr. Molly Rozum, historian and associate professor, University of South Dakota, says, "Of course I'm a historian. I think that the vote is something many people relate to. The struggle for women to participate in politics and I think it's important that we understand our history and this seemed like a good topic to do outreach among the state. I grew up in South Dakota actually in Mitchell so I care a lot about the state's history."

If you'd like to learn more about women's suffrage, Dr. Rozum suggests checking out the South Dakota Historical Society Press webpage at sdhspress.com.