Today is a feminist holiday for me. Ninety years ago today the 19th Amendment to the Constitution was ratified giving women the right to vote. It blows my mind that less than 100 years ago women were someone’s property. Women did not have the right to vote and hold office. Women were not people! I can’t even understand this.
We all know about Susan B. Anthony. She has a silver dollar named after her. She started in the late 1800s with the suffragist movement. But it wasn’t until the radical likes of Alice Paul and Lucy Burns came along that votes for women really started to heat up in the early part of the 20th century. Seriously, if you don’t know anything about Paul or Burns, google them. Run, don’t walk, to your nearest video store and rent “Iron Jawed Angels.” They are my feminist sheros. They stood outside Wilson’s White House with their big signs that said “Mr. President, how long must women wait for Liberty?” They were jailed for this. They were jailed for several months where they were beaten and given worm-ridden food and infested water to drink. Just for wanting to be counted as people!!!!
I am so thankful for the women who marched in their ranks. For the women who had the courage to stand up and say that women are people too. We deserve rights! Let’s not ever take that for granted ladies. Get your butt into a voting booth in November. Remember what your grandmothers and great-grandmothers fought for so you have the right to walk into any polling station and not be hassled or arrested. Less than a hundred years ago you would have been.
“Cast of the shackles of yesterday, shoulder to shoulder into the fray, our daughters’ daughters will adore us, and they’ll sing in grateful chorus, ‘Well done, Sister Sufragettes!'”