Remembering the struggle: For women’s suffrage 100 years later
This August, 100 years ago, women received the right to vote nationwide. It was a long and hard struggle to gain the right to vote.
American women, long denied the right to vote were given that civic responsibility on August 26, 1920, with the adoption of the 19th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution. The 19th Amendment not only established the right of women to vote nation-wide; but indirectly established the right of women to hold public office.
In retrospect, the struggle to give women the right to vote was long and arduous. Why? Because the original
U.S. Constitution (1787) not only failed to mention women; further there is no provision anywhere in the constitution that applies to women as a distinct group.
However, numerous women did not allow the silence of the U.S. Constitution and other roadblocks related to voting to deter them. The suffrage movement gained prominence with the first women’s rights convention at Seneca Falls in 1848.
Although numerous women and men worked for passage of an amendment to give women the right to vote; the following women deserve special recognition:
Susan B. Anthony, Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Lucretia Mott. We dare not forget-the fearless and fiery Alice Paul who raised her voice in “moral indignation.” She was arrested and treated inhumanly, because of her protests.
These women, and others led one of the major social movements of the 19th century, culminating in the passage of the 19th Amendment in 1920.
Together with others these women tested the patience of state legislatures, challenged bastions of male supremacy and more.
Finally, we dare not-forget-the respect and dignity owed to all women past and present in their daily struggles to make the world a better place for all.