On Dec. 1, 1919, North Dakota granted women the right to vote.

Exactly 100 years later, men and women gathered at Bonanzaville to celebrate the century old freedom during the Suffrage Gala, Sunday, Dec. 1, hosted by the Cass County Historical Society, Red River Valley League of Women Voters and Historical and Cultural Society of Clay County.

After nearly a year, in August 1920 after 36 states, including North Dakota, ratified the amendment. The right to vote could not denied based on sex across the entire country.

North Dakota State University Professor Ashley Baggett and Rep. Ruth Buffalo, D-Fargo spoke at the gala on the importance of the movement and the harsh conditions suffragists faced, as they fought for women's right to vote in the early 1900s.

Bonanzaville has hosted a year-long exhibit, "We want to vote," on the first floor of the museum. The exhibit will continue to be on display through the end of the year.

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