Celebrating the 19th in 2020
The centennial of ratification of the 19th Amendment to the Constitution of the United States:
"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."

American women first publicly called for the right to vote in 1848 at the Seneca Falls Convention with this resolution:

“Resolved, that it is the duty of the women of this country to secure to themselves their sacred right to the elective franchise.”

Only one woman who was present at that convention lived to vote for President in 1920.

It took 72 years, countless campaigns and hundreds of thousands of people mobilizing for women to win the right to vote. With each defeat came a stronger resolve to move forward. Never relenting and always determined, American women won the right to vote in 1920 and never looked back.

Women’s Equality Day, August 26, is the official anniversary of the ratification of the 19th Amendment, which secured the right to vote for women. This day in 2020 marks the 100th anniversary of that accomplishment.

Suffragists left us a great gift – an empowering heritage of pride, momentum and purpose.

Many of these suffragists are role models for persistence who show both how hard and how important it is to try to move society towards justice and equality. And their success proves it can be done. They won democracy for half the country. In their honor, take action remembering and celebrating the achievements of the women who won the vote. Their spirit embodies the democratic values we share and demonstrates women’s ability to succeed. We celebrate their example and those who carry on the spirit of these brave American women today.

Laurie McGill

Democratic Women of Comal County

1st Vice President

The Suffragists’ Rainbow

Latina Suffragists

 

Did you know? Laredo feminist Jovita Idár stood down the Texas Rangers when they tried to close her newspaper? 

 

The Rangers attempted to shut down El Progreso after Idár wrote an article critical of Woodrow Wilson’s decision to send U.S. troops to the border   ....read more

 

The Suffragists' Rainbow

African-Americans

Black AND Female: Twice As Hard

Did you know that African American women were involved every step of the way in the 72-year fight for women’s suffrage despite persistent discrimination?

“I am a woman’s rights….  The poor men seem to be all in confusion  ...read more

The Suffragists’ Rainbow:

Early Suffragists Were Inspired by Native American Culture

In New York, Lucretia Mott, Matilda Joslyn Gage, Elizabeth Cady Stanton, and other early suffragists were inspired by the matriarchal culture of the Haudenosaunee (also known as the Iroquois Confederacy), which   ....read more

The Suffragists' Rainbow:

Women of European Descent Had Almost No Rights in Early America

Women, Property, and the Right to Vote

                                                                              and women

WE hold these truths to be self-evident that all men^ are created equal…

Not everyone could vote in Colonial America nor in the early years of our country. Suffrage was restricted to white men who owned “substantial” property. That was defined as   ....read more

The Suffragists' Rainbow

Chinese Suffragists

 

Did you know that Tye Leung Schulze (1887-1972), the first Chinese woman to vote in the U.S. and perhaps in the world, was a pinball wizard? She was born into a large family in San Francisco’s Chinatown and escaped an arranged marriage by running away to  ....read more

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