Nina Otero Warren (1881-1965) as a child. This girl from Los Lunas, New Mexico, became a New Mexico suffragist, teacher, politician, business woman and homesteader. She was the first Latina to run for the U.S. Congress in 1922. From the Katherine Stinson Pictorial Collection, 1850-1968 (PICT 000-506), Box 6. Folder 44. (Click on the image.)
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In 2020 we celebrate the anniversary of the 19th Amendment to the United States Constitution giving women the right to vote. The U.S. Congress passed the bill on June 4, 1919 and asked the states to ratify it. The New Mexico Legislature and Governor Octaviano Larrazolo ratified the amendment on February 21, 1920.
This guide offers a few starters for studying the history of the suffrage or the women's right to vote movement in New Mexico and the contributions of some early women to the state.
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Cover from Message of Governor O. A. Larrazolo to the 4th Legislature of the State of New Mexico, Santa Fe, January 15, 1919, an official State document. The first page showed that he and the New Mexico Republican Party were pledged to support the women's right to vote. He further noted the need for an amendment to the New Mexico Constitution to assure their right. Below, on the second page he called for a State law granting equal pay to women! From the Octaviano Larrazolo Papers, 1841-1981 (MSS 614 BC), Box 1, Folder 11, Speeches.
Photograph of New Mexico Governor Larrazolo, ca. 1919, who supported women's rights and signed the ratification of the 19th Amendment for Women's Vote in New Mexico, from the Octaviano Larrazolo Papers, 1841-1981 (MSS 614 BC), Box 2, Scrapbook.