Minnesota Woman Suffrage Memorial commemorates the US Suffrage Movement in general and the 25 suffragists who led the campaign for women’s right to vote in Minnesota from Minnesota Woman Suffrage Association (MWSA) in particular.
The memorial is located on the Minnesota State Capitol grounds since it was dedicated in 2000 on August 26th, Women’s Equality Day, precisely 80 years after the 19th Amendment to the US Constitution was ratified, giving women the right to vote.
Minnesota was the 15th state to ratify the amendment, and this was the first memorial dedicated to women in the Minnesota State House.
The memorial is a combination of gardens of flowers, prairies, woodland plants and native grasses, separated by trellis imprinted with names of the 25 suffrage leaders of Minnesota.
Members of the Minnesota League of Women Voters led the initiative for the memorial, after receiving the approval from the Minnesota legislative in 1996.
The memorial was built with donations collected from individuals and organizations.