The 19th Amendment ~ 91 Years Later

  This week 91 years ago, the 19th Amendment was added to the US Constitution. It was finally ratified on August 18th, 1920, and prohibits any US citizen from being denied voting rights based on their sex.  Before the Amendment, the Constitution allowed states to determine the qualifications for voting, and most women were thus royally screwed over. The amendment took forty-two years to pass – 42 years!! Susan B. Anthony and Elizabeth Cady Stanton initially drafted and introduced the amendment in 1878, and it was an end result of the women’s suffrage movement, which fought for the right to vote for women at both the state and national level.

Now we are 91 years farther, and it seems that the fighting never ends. We are still embarrassingly under-represented in government, and some Americans are still trying to remove women’s rights at both the state and national level. Women still have to fight for their right to have an abortion, and only earn 78 cents on the dollar compared to men. Ugh.

This is also why we value our collaboration with We must take action and keep protecting the results of years of hard work. Remember that Anthony and Stanton introduced the Amendment 42 years before it was passed! I guess progress is slow, but let’s make sure that none of our hard-earned rights slip away – and don’t give up fighting.

About Claire

I grew up in both the Netherlands and the US. When I moved to America at age 10 I was confronted with conflicting social constructs of gender and class. As a student of the social and cognitive sciences, I gained a greater understanding of how human decision-making can lead to unintended system-wide consequences in the interdependent world we live in, especially when you throw stereotyping into the mix. Having struggled as both a poor and female American citizen, I am quite aware of what it means to blame a victim for their circumstances. I feel that I have a voice, and responsibility, to stand up for those who are currently silent.

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