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More than 1,000 women leaders back Fair Tax amendment

On Aug. 18, leading women’s organizations statewide held a news conference to mark the 100th anniversary of the ratification of the 19th Amendment to the US Constitution — which ensured that women could no longer be denied the right to vote on the basis of sex — endorse the Fair Tax amendment and unveil a list of “1,000 Women Leaders for Fair Tax Now”:

“One hundred years ago, Illinois leaders like Ida B. Wells and Jane Addams led the fight for voting rights. Today in Illinois, the fight for progress continues, and women are leading the way to passage of the Fair Tax amendment this fall,” said Vote Yes for Fair Tax committee director Sam Tuttle said.

Tuttle was joined by top leaders from League of Women Voters Illinois, Planned Parenthood Illinois, the Illinois National Organization for Women (NOW), Mujeres Latinas en Accion, Women’s March Chicago and Women Employed.

The news conference gained widespread media coverage all over Illinois. Watch the TV news stories here:

“Women are going to lead the way to pass the Fair Tax Amendment,” Women’s March Chicago President Jaquie Algee told One Illinois, “because it is the right thing to do.”

In a letter published in the Bloomington Pantagraph, Planned Parenthood Illinois Action President and CEO Jennifer Welch said that, with the Fair Tax amendment, “we finally have an opportunity for real reform in Illinois — to fix our broken system, provide relief to working families, and deliver fair funding to our communities.”