The Women’s Bar Association of the District of Columbia (“WBA”) takes seriously its mission to promote the administration of justice. In service to this mission, since its founding in 1917, the WBA has actively supported and advocated for D.C. suffrage. Indeed, in its very first year, the WBA supported a Joint Resolution of the U.S. Senate and the U.S. House of Representatives that would have given D.C. residents the right to vote. In the decades since, the WBA has consistently and repeatedly supported and advocated for the rights of all residents of the District of Columbia to be represented by voting members in Congress.

The WBA is proud to announce that it has endorsed the Washington, D.C. Admission Act currently pending before the United States House of Representatives and Senate, which would secure D.C.’s place as the 51st state and would – at long last – provide Congressional representation to the more than 700,000 residents of the District.

The WBA urges members of Congress to swiftly and decisively advance and pass the Washington, D.C. Admission Act. Those who call the District home deserve to be fairly – and finally – represented by voting members of Congress.

For more on the WBA’s history of advocating for D.C. Suffrage, please see our Issue Statement here.