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Decision-makers reflect on anniversary of women's suffrage

Decision-makers reflect on anniversary of women's suffrage

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. - More than a century ago, women won the battle for the ballot.

Women were granted the right to vote in Colorado on Nov. 7, 1893 -- exactly 120 years ago.

Colorado Springs Councilwoman Jan Martin she often reflects on the women who came before her.  When she ran for council about seven years ago, she was the only woman running at the time.

"We're only one generation removed from the rights of women to vote," Martin told KRDO NewsChannel 13.  "People before us worked so hard to be able to win the vote for us.  I thank them every day for the work that they did to allow me to vote as well as run and serve in an elected office."

At 40 percent, the state of Colorado has a higher percentage of female state legislators than any other state.

El Paso County Commissioner,Amy Lathen told KRDO NewsChannel 13 that she's amazed at how far women have come.

"It's pretty amazing to think back to a day where women could not vote," Lathen said.  "I mean, there was a day when women couldn't even be involved in discussions and women weren't allowed to read books."

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