Monthly Archives: August 2014

Aug. 26, 1920: The day women won the right to vote!

August 26th, 2014|

On this day, 94 years ago, women all across our country won the right to vote with the adoption of the 19th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution. Many western states had already passed laws allowing women the right to vote – including Washington State in 1910, a full 10 years before the rest of the country.

On Aug. 18, 1920, Tennessee passed the 19th Amendment by a one vote margin and became the 36th state to ratify the amendment – the last state needed for a two-thirds majority for the amendment to be adopted. The documents certifying the actions of the Tennessee legislature arrived in Washington D.C. by train early in the morning on Aug. 26, 1920 and Secretary of State Bainbridge Colby signed the papers to make the 19th Amendment part of the U.S. Constitution.

The follwoing map from early August 1920 shows that many states in the eastern half of the country had either limited or no universal suffrage for women at all.The map also shows that Washington State was the fifth state to approve women’s suffrage and was the first state to do so in the 1900s. The success in Washington sparked renewed efforts in many other western states, which ultimately led to Congress approving the Constitutional amendment for universal women’s suffrage throughout the country. Astonishingly, it took 131 years after the adoption of the U.S. Constitution for women to have full voting rights.

Today should serve as a reminder of how far we have come and how far we have yet to go in advancing issues affecting women. We have many brave women to honor and thank for today – for the right of women in every state to vote and have a […]

Construction, road closures to begin on west Capitol Campus

August 5th, 2014|

UPDATE: Sid Snyder Way was partially re-opened in November. As of the end of December, landscaping and final adjustments were finished and the road was re-opened!

Sid Snyder Way, a main road leading to the Capitol Campus was closed beginning on Aug. 6 and remained so until the end of December.


The Washington State Department of Enterprise Services prepared the following update on the extent of the project:

Construction, closures to begin on west Capitol Campus

On Wednesday, Aug. 6, the Department of Enterprise Services will launch a construction project on the West Capitol Campus to repair utility infrastructure beneath Sid Snyder Way.  The work will require full closure of Sid Snyder Way, from Capitol Way to Cherry Lane, near the Legislative Building.  Construction will extend into November.  Campus tenants and visitors may see workers setting up fencing as early as Aug. 4, but street and parking closures will not occur until Aug. 6.

The work will repair substandard electrical ducts, aged water lines, and other deficient utilities.  When complete, the project will deliver a newly paved roadway with new sidewalks, landscaping, and drainage systems, and fully functional utility services.

Various disruptions will result from the work effort.  Campus users who drive will be displaced from their normal parking stalls, pedestrian walkways will be detoured, and InterCity Transit’s DASH shuttle bus service will be rerouted.  In addition, the public can expect construction noise and large vehicles moving through the area.  Work will be limited to the hours of 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.

The project includes 16 new street trees to line both sides of Sid Snyder.  These trees will help create a formal corridor for the southern entrance to the west campus and the Legislative Building, as outlined […]