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 http://amendment19.com. 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.
Loose Garments is absolutely thrilled to announce our new collaboration with Amendment19.com and its creator, Jaime Lorente! Jaime’s site Amendment19.com creates discourse on social issues from a feminist perspective. We love Amendment19.com because of the quality of writing, and the issues they tackle. Our new collaboration will take on different forms, you will just have to stay tuned to realize what those are!
Jaime currently resides in Los Angeles, California. She studied History at the University of Washington, and studied Marketing at the Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising. Jaime contributes much of her time to outstanding causes and is on the Founding Board of Directors for a wonderful cause called The Last Best Women. Their mission; “Our mission is to empower and lift women out of poverty by providing them with loans that will enable them to pursue economically viable and income-generating activities and thereby will contribute to the prosperity of their families, communities and their countries.”
We appreciate Jaime’s efforts and her hard work for women in need. We cannot wait to work with her and Amendment19.com on a more in-depth scale. Amendment19’s contact info is: ContactA19@gmail.com.
Here is a brief sample of one of Amendment19’s articles which falls under a similar realm to our popular article by Claire, Women in Heels: Power and Helplessness:
High Heels: Empowering or Demeaning?
by Jaime Lorente for Amendment19.com
Are women sacrificing their dignity (and health) for perceived sex appeal? If so are those of us who choose to wear high heels anti-feminist? This issue in particular has been hotly debated in sexual politics since the emergence of the Women’s Liberation Movement of the 1970’s. As the article, Women in Heels: Power and Helplessness suggests, shoes in general have served as a marker of gender, class, race, and ethnicity for centuries. Scholars have referenced the commonalities of foot binding and high heels, however, popular opinion would show that many would object to the concept that wearing heels signifies subordination to men and acceptance of the objectification of women per se.
Granted, there is something inherently idiotic, counter intuitive at best, in coveting something which essentially is meant to debilitate, but surely wearing heels in 2011, is a matter of volition unlike foot binding. Mere frivolity and fetish rather than a proclamation of submission. Given the numerous women’s issues begging to be addressed, is the eradication of questionable footwear the best use of our time and resources? Conversely, perhaps it is this type of indifference we’ve been socialized to accept that feeds in to the systematic misogyny running rampant in the fashion industry. The debate itself seems to fracture women’s sense of solidarity, ultimately we are neglecting and undermining deeper lying gender issues.