Today we celebrate the 98th anniversary of the ratification of the 19th Amendment to the Constitution which guarantees all American women the right to vote.
The struggle for women’s suffrage started in the 1800s, long before its passage in Congress, when Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Lucretia Mott organized the first women’s rights convention. What followed would be a decades-long movement marked by protests, lobbying, and civil disobedience right up until the amendment’s ratification on August 18, 1920.
Shortly after the amendment’s passage, the League of Women Voters grew into the association responsible for organizing women across the country. Today, we are an important part of American culture. The League’s early work mirrors many issues we still fight for today, including women’s education and providing balanced information, along with being leaders in equity issues such as federal aid for child care programs, housing and transportation.
The 19th Amendment provided women with more than just the right to vote. In many ways, it has become the foundation supporting women as they determine their own futures and take part in the direction of policy that affects us all. Its importance cannot be overstated, and that’s why we remember its passage today.
But there is still work to be done. Join the Bay Area League of Women Voters at their flagship event on February 9, 2019 at Bay Area League Day where we examine equity in our day-long symposium entitled, “Equity in Action-Equity in Practice? Save the Date