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USD Hosts Celebration of Women Suffrage

Suffrage Cake photo. South Dakota ratified the 19th amendment in 1918.

VERMILLION, S.D. – The University of South Dakota hosted a celebration of women suffrage today in the Muenster University Center pit lounge.

Featuring student presentations from the fall 2017 women suffrage class, attendees joined Professor Molly Rozum, Ph.D., for flash lectures and musical performances from the Suffrage Songbook.

South Dakota voted to allow women to vote in 1918 later ratifying the 19th amendment in a special legislative session in 1919 before its national ratification in 1920.


Founded in 1862 and the first university in the Dakotas, the University of South Dakota is the only public liberal arts university in the state, with 202 undergraduate and 84 graduate programs in the College of Arts & Sciences, School of Education, Knudson School of Law, Sanford School of Medicine, School of Health Sciences, Beacom School of Business and College of Fine Arts. With an enrollment of nearly 10,000 students and more than 400 faculty, USD has a 16:1 student/faculty ratio, and it ranks among the best in academics and affordability. USD’s 18 athletic programs compete at the NCAA Division I level.


Hanna DeLange
USD News