What will we loose? What is your voice worth? What if we never spoke up? Your right to vote and why it matters is evolving.
First, to everyone that voted in our mid-term election on Tuesday, a big “THANK YOU!” Thank you for making your voice heard… and thank you for making MY voice heard.
It’s only been 98 years since we’ve had the right to vote – our consistent voice and self worth started in 1848 and didn’t let up until we ratified the 19th amendment granting woman the right to vote, on Aug 18th 1920.
Sometimes we forget what those that came before us went through just to be a part of basic society, to have the right to choose and be counted in matters that affect us all.
Many women don’t know our history or simply aren’t curious. Let me share a few facts about the brave woman who not only took care of their home, husbands and children but took on the task to say “
On July 19-20th in 1848, Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Lucretia Mott created a convention which was devoted to women’s rights. Over a 100 woman attended that convention.
Stanton drafted a “Declaration of Sentiments, Grievances, and Resolutions” that echoed the preamble of the Declaration of Independence: “We hold these truths to be self-evident: that all men and women are created equal.
Initially women reformers addressed social and institutional barriers that limited women’s rights, including family responsibilities, a lack of educational and economic opportunities, and the absence of a voice in political debates.
This was to be the first in many more social issues they would be up against.
Ms Stanton and Susan B. Anthony as women’s rights activist went on to create the National Woman Suffrage Association (NWSA), which directed its efforts toward changing federal law and opposed the 15th Amendment on the basis that it excluded women.
Susan B. Anthony and Ida H. Harper cowrote, “In the indifference, the inertia, the apathy of women, lies the greatest obstacle to their enfranchisement.” This is says it all. This is what we all fight against daily on many levels. Below are some of the victories that took place along the way. It didn’t happen all at once and we should never give up speaking our truth and using the rights we have fought so hard to acquire. We need to remember and honor how we got here, stay current and always speak up!
1. The first state to grant women complete voting rights was Wyoming in 1869. Three other western states—Colorado (1893), Utah (1896), and Idaho (1896)—followed shortly after NAWSA was founded. But before 1910 only these four states allowed women to vote.
2. Between 1910 and 1914, the NAWSA intensified its lobbying efforts and additional states extended the franchise to women: Washington, California, Arizona, Kansas, and Oregon. In Illinois, future Congresswoman Ruth Hanna McCormick of Illinois helped lead the fight for suffrage as a lobbyist in Springfield when the state legislature granted women the right to vote in 1913.
3. Key victories. The first in the South and East—followed in 1917, when Arkansas and New York granted partial and full voting rights, respectively.
4. Montana’s Jeannette Rankin was sworn into the 65th Congress (1917–1919) on April 2. Elected two years after her state enfranchised women, Rankin became the first woman to serve in the national legislature
Glenda Benevides – MirrorSpeaksTheTruth.com
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