Producer Michelle Ferrari sits down with Ms. for a conversation surrounding her new documentary exploring the 72-year battle that eventually led to the passage of the 19th Amendment. The two-part documentary explains the long-fought and surprisingly unfamiliar story of women’s struggle to secure the right to vote. The film comes at a crucial moment, commemorating the centennial of the women’s vote— focusing on divisions in the movement, injustices, obstacles and achievements.
Ana Maria Spagna explores patriotism through Sharon Jones’s version of “This Land is Your Land.” It’s her word, and it’s your word: patriotism.
Of all social movements, feminism has one of the longest and most storied histories of online organizing— a history that activists of all kinds can draw on. The tools and principles that feminists developed in the 1990s have much to teach us as we prepare for the battles of our day.
The change-makers laid the groundwork. It is up to us to continue the fight.
Despite great strides, such as a Constitutional ban on sex discrimination at the polls won in 1920, the Equal Pay Act of 1963 and inclusion of “sex” in the list of forms of discrimination banned by the Civil Rights Act of 1964, the goal of total equality is still as elusive today as it was over a century ago. But if the dedication and persistence of those in this second wave of feminism is equal to those in the first, then N.O.W. will be just as successful in achieving its worthy goals as were those who worked so tirelessly to win the vote.
“I have a feeling that there is just about one more good flight left in my system and I hope this trip is it. Anyway, when I have finished this job, I mean to give up long-distance stunt flying” Earhart says.
“The thirty-sixth State is in sight.” That’s the opinion being expressed by Alice Paul, and there is plenty of justification for her optimism about getting the last State ratification necessary to put the Susan B. Anthony (woman suffrage) Amendment into the Constitution as the Nineteenth Amendment.
The first jail sentences imposed on some of the “Silent Sentinel” suffragists picketing President Wilson were handed down today in Washington, D.C.’s Police Court.
“We favor submission by Congress to the States of an amendment to the Constitution providing for equal rights for men and women.” With that simple sentence, the Equal Rights Amendment took a giant leap forward today, thanks to a decision just made by the Platform Committee, insuring that the Republican Party will become the first of the two major parties to include an E.R.A. plank in its platform when it’s formally adopted by convention delegates tonight!
A year and a day after N.O.W. activists Karen DeCrow and Faith Seidenberg filed a Federal lawsuit against McSorley’s Old Ale House in Manhattan over its policy of banning women, a judge has ruled that the bar’s 116-year-old “tradition” of discrimination must end.
When faced down by racist man Jay Snowden at a Black Lives Matter protest in Whitefish, Montana, Samantha Francine pushed up her sunglasses so she could stare right back at him. She did not back down.
“I have not always been this version of myself. It has taken a long time for me to find my strength the way I did that day. … This is the first time in 27 years I have truly found my voice as a woman of color.”