Monday, August 26, 2013

The 19th Amendment became law on this day in 1920

Today is the anniversary of the ratification of the 19th amendment of the U.S. Constitution, and I’m giving thanks for Alice Stokes Paul. 

She was arrested and jailed — and force-fed during a hunger strike — fighting for the rights of women in this country.

I wish I had known Alice Stokes Paul.  I would have thanked her for her incredible courage.

I wish I had met so many of the suffragettes (the very word makes me proud, yet sad).  I would like to have thanked them for easing the way for me to go to university in this country, to work here, to become a citizen, and to vote here.  I would like to have thanked them for their many sacrifices.

These women protested and gave public speeches and traveled a long way for their civil rights. They faced the derision of their neighbors, the wrath of powerful men, and, for some, ostracized by their own families. They marched on Washington 100 years ago, and waved placards and banners every day in front of the White House, finally convincing Congress to pass the 19th amendment.

Don’t know it?

It includes this historic sentence: “The right of citizens of the United States to vote shall not be denied or abridged by the United States or by any State on account of sex.”

The amendment was introduced in Congress in 1878, but it took 42 years before it passed.

 #WomensEqualityDay! The 19th Amendment became law on this day in 1920! #93years #womenvote #StopGOPWarOnWomen
 No self-respecting woman should work for the success of a party that ignores her sex." -- Susan B. Anthony

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