Can you imagine a time when you didn’t have the right to vote? As American women in today’s world, we may forget that less than 100 years ago, we did not have the right to help decide who runs our country. We owe great thanks to the suffragists that began their tireless efforts to earn women’s freedom and equality, starting at the first women’s rights convention in 1848.
(Susan B Anthony and Elizabeth Cady Stanton, the founders of the suffragist movement)
Fast forward to the 20th century. Years had passed, and steps had been taken in the right direction. We had gained better access to education, lifestyle, and freedoms that had previously been denied. A huge milestone was in sight, as the suffragist movement gained momentum, strength, and support over the first two decades of the 20th century. The National American Woman Suffrage Association, comprised of various women’s rights groups from across the country that all shared a common goal, took to Washington, DC in 1920. Finally, the 19th Amendment to the United States Constitution was passed, and became law, state by state.Many states began allowing women access to vote, and the female voice was finally being heard. Tennessee became the 36th state to ratify the law on August 18 of that year; the two-thirds state majority needed to pass the amendment. On August 26th, our leaders saw a huge victory in the passing of the law that gave womenequal access to vote alongside men.
(badass suffragist paraphernalia)
Cheers to the many strong women who fought for the rights we have today, and for each woman who stands up for her rights, taking us forward in the movement towards full equality in the United States and around the world. O+
(they fought for us!)