Among the major difficulties encountered here was a series of anonymous handbills that apparently succeeded in tying the issue of woman suffrage to prohibition in the minds of the State’s male voters.
Suffrage leaders have vowed to fight all these challenges as their final actions in the battle to ban sex discrimination at the polls.
Despite the legislative and courtroom antics of the “antis,” implementation of the 19th Amendment is proceeding well, and as the old saying goes: “The dogs bark, but the caravan moves on.”
Weekend Reading for Women’s Representation is a compilation of stories about women’s representation.
This week: celebrating Women’s Equality Day; trail-blazing women like Anita Hill and Megan Rapinoe look ahead 100 years; a lookback at the the Women’s Strike for Equality on August 26, 1970; What will it take for a woman to become president of the United States?; women’s voting rights around the world; the need for gender balanced cabinets; the exclusion of women from history (Sally Roesch Wagner notes, “History is not what happened. History is who tells the story.”); and more.
Exactly how an end to all sex discrimination will be brought about is still to be decided. But Alice Paul has often said: “When you put your hand to the plow, you can’t put it down until you get to the end of the row.”
To mark the suffrage centennial, the Smithsonian Museum of National History put together a digital exhibit celebrating the Suffrage Movement called “Creating Icons: How We Remember Woman Suffrage” about the history of the suffrage movement and what has been left out of the history books. The tab “Senators on Suffrage” includes reflections on suffrage from women senators.
Women vote at higher rates than men, and there is a growing gender gap in partisan affiliation and presidential voting, fueled largely by Black and Latina women’s strong identification with the Democratic Party.
Yet despite the fact that women are over 53 percent of voters, they are just 23.7 percent of Congress, 29.2 percent of state legislators, and 28.9 percent of statewide executive officeholders.
We have a long way to go to achieving women’s equality.
“This is a glorious and wonderful day. I have lived to realize the big, beautiful dream of my life – the enfranchisement of women.”
The suffrage movement that organized, picketed, fasted, spoke out and endured arrests, beatings, force feedings and other forms of torment, would not have succeeded without the leadership and engagement of many women of color.
Reproductive freedom and voting are intrinsically linked.
“As long as women’s reproductive freedom continues to be politicized, women must vote.”
“Controlling women’s bodies has been a method of subjugation for centuries, as has been hindering and preventing people from voting, a central pillar of our democracy. Notably, we cannot truly get or keep one without the other.”