93 Years of Women Voting

featured_seneca_falls93 Years of Women Voting: Are We Using This Right to Drive the Change We Need?

It’s hard to believe women only gained the right to vote 93 years ago today. That’s when the 19th Amendment — which prohibits any U.S. citizen from being denied the right to vote — was ratified.

The demand by American women for the right to vote emerged during the anti-slavery movement of the 1830’s and ’40s. Efforts gained momentum in 1848 when Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Lucretia Mott organized the Seneca Fall Woman’s Rights Convention. But it wasn’t until our heightened involvement in WWI, that President Wilson said in 1918, “We have made partners of the women in this war. Shall we admit them only to a partnership of suffering and sacrifice and toil and not to a partnership of right?” …


Author: WVPA

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