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Happy Women’s Equality Day! August 26, 2006

Posted by marymac in Celebrate!, Feeling historical, feminism.
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Don’t know what that is? It’s the faux-holiday holiday name given to the anniversary of August 26, 1920 — the day when the Nineteenth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution became law. When we of the female persuasion were granted the right to vote. Less than 100 years ago, my friends.

I try to vote in every election for which I’m eligible because I consider it part of my job as a member of my union, a resident of my town, a citizen of my country. I vote, more importantly, because I think if you haven’t made your opinion heard that way then you don’t have much right to complain about how things are going. And oh, how I love to complain about how things are (or aren’t, as it were) going.

And then there’s this: women’s suffrage was first proposed as a serious issue at the Seneca Falls (New York) Women’s Rights Convention in 1848. The 19th Amendment became law in 1920, 72 years later. All those people fighting for this right for all those years; protesting and giving speeches and getting arrested and imprisoned and force-fed — just because they wanted to be heard. Because they wanted representation that they chose for themselves. And I’m gonna decide that it’s a little too chilly one evening in November to have to stop at my polling place instead of going straight home from work? I don’t think so.

I bought one of these banners from the National Women’s History Project. It hasn’t arrived yet because I was running a bit behind schedule so you can’t see it on my lovely wall, but it’s going up as soon as it arrives. Sometimes a girl needs a reminder of why she bothers to pay attention to the world in the first place. Go check them out — they have very cool stuff for feminists (and the feminist-curious) of all ages.

“We ask justice, we ask equality, we ask that all civil and political rights that belong to the citizens of the United States be guaranteed to us and our daughters forever.” Susan B. Anthony

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1. Laura - August 27, 2006

I heard that one of those TV prank shows set up a booth somewhere protesting to end “women’s suffrage.” They got a lot of women to sign a fake petition to end all that unacceptable suffrage.

I gave Monkee one of the Dukakis for Pres pins that I got during the Iowa caucus. She thought that I had gotten it by “nefarious” means.

2. your #21 fan - August 27, 2006

Monkee thinks it is super awesome!

3. veritas - August 30, 2006

just think, soon, women might get constitutional equal rights in all of america. australia – shock horror – might actually get a constitution.

post feminists need to see that we have along way to go.

4. glittrgirl - September 1, 2006

You have a Women’s Equality Day? Mant thats cool. We got the vote back on February 6, 1918. The Representation of the People Act gave the vote to women over 30 who “occupied premises of a yearly value of not less than £5”.

But it was not until 1928 that the voting age for women was lowered to 21 in line with men in the UK. Poor old women in Switzerland had to wait until 1971. 1971!!!!!!


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