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Hospital display celebrates women’s right to vote

Brad Williams

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Signe Gundersen Schroeder (2nd from right) looks at a Gundersen hospital display celebrating the centennial of the La Crosse League of Women Voters

While visiting one La Crosse hospital this year, you can get a history lesson on the women’s movement in America.

Gundersen Health System has a new display to mark the 100th anniversary of the La Crosse League of Women Voters, and 100 years since Wisconsin approved women’s right to vote under the 19th Amendment.

The display highlights women within the Gundersen family who have been active in political action and women’s rights, including Signe Gundersen Schroeder and Rachel Gutzke Gundersen, who both served as president of the La Crosse League of Women Voters in the 1960s.

Both women attended a ceremony Friday to dedicate the year-long hospital display, along with several other Gundersen relatives.

The display is located on the hospital’s first floor, near the entrance on 7th Street.

During this week in 1919, Wisconsin became the first state to ratify the 19th Amendment, to give women the right to vote.

The amendment became law nationwide a year later.