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Woodburn Hall on BHSU campus will light up in purple and gold tonight to celebrate women’s right to vote

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Black Hills State University will light up Woodburn Hall in purple and gold Wednesday, Aug. 26 as a part of the nationwide Forward Into Light Campaign. Although these are the University’s former school colors, tonight BHSU will be using the purple and gold to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the 19th Amendment, which gave women the constitutional right to vote.

The Right to Vote, The Right to Lead – An Open Letter Celebrating the 100th Anniversary of the Ratification of the 19th Amendment

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The right to vote forms the foundation of meaningful participation and leadership.  Most of the South Dakota colleges and universities that women lead today were established decades before women had the right to vote in the United States.  Thankfully, these institutions were open to women seeking college degrees well before ratification of the 19th Amendment.  It took nearly 70 years to achieve women’s suffrage – and it took another 70 years from that pivotal moment in history for a woman to hold the top leadership position in any of the colleges and universities founded in the 1860s and 1880s.  Four of us are “first” female presidents within the last decade.