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U.S. Census Bureau Daily Feature for January 10

WASHINGTON, Jan. 10, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Following is the daily "Profile America" feature from the U.S. Census Bureau:

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WOMEN'S SUFFRAGE

Profile AmericaFriday, January 10th. Legislation to grant women the vote was first introduced on this date in 1878, when a California senator proposed the necessary constitutional amendment. It was buried in committee for years and defeated when finally put to a vote in 1887. But some decades later, the matter was settled rather speedily. The 19th Amendment enfranchising women was proposed in Congress in June 1919 and became law in August 1920. In the 2012 election, nearly 64 percent of female citizens 18 and older reported voting, while not quite 60 percent of males cast a ballot in the Presidential election. Additionally, nearly 73 percent of female citizens reported being registered to vote. You can find more facts about America from the U.S. Census Bureau, online at www.census.gov.

Sources: http://law2.umkc.edu/faculty/projects/ftrials/conlaw/nineteenthkobach.html          http://www.historyplace.com/specials/calendar/january.htm  http://www.census.gov/hhes/www/socdemo/voting/publications/p20/2012/tables.html All Races table

Profile America is produced by the Center for New Media and Promotions of the U.S. Census Bureau. These daily features are available as produced segments, ready to air, on the Internet at http://www.census.gov (look for "Multimedia Gallery" by the "Newsroom" button). 

CONTACT: Rick Reed of the U.S. Census Bureau, +1-301-763-2812, fax: +1-301-763-3762, richard.thomas.reed-at-census.gov

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