Today, we celebrate the 100th anniversary of the ratification of the 19th Amendment to the United States Constitution, which provided women with the constitutional right to vote. This Amendment was first introduced in Congress in 1878, but did not become effective until nearly 50 years later, when in the summer of 1920, Tennessee became the 36th state to vote for its ratification.
Even after this historic milestone, many women still encountered barriers to the exercise of these rights, and it would be years before all women, particularly women of color, would be fully enfranchised. The anniversary of this important right is something we can be proud of and celebrate, and it also reminds us that even in a country founded on freedoms and individual rights, work still needs to be done.
I am proud of Dollar General and our continued investment in the careers of thousands of women each year. I am one of those women.
As you’ve heard CEO Todd Vasos say, we are on a journey to ensure that Dollar General is a diverse and inclusive organization where all employees feel valued, respected and supported and are able to bring their authentic selves to work every day. I am excited about our future.
Please join me in celebrating this pioneering achievement and the continued advancement of opportunities for all women. I wish each of you the very best.
Rhonda M. Taylor
Executive Vice President and General Counsel