Tuesday marks the 100th anniversary of the ratification of the 19th Amendment, which guaranteed women the legal right to vote. Keep in mind, it would take decades before all women were actually able to exercise that right. People in Alaska, Florida and Wyoming can observe that crucial anniversary immediately, since their states are holding primary elections on Tuesday.
Sadly, a march is planned for Friday in New York City to protest the government’s coronavirus response. The event is being called the “March for the Dead,” and sister events are being planned in other cities like San Francisco.
Nominating a woman of color for the Vice Presidency is a big step, though Hillary Clinton ran for President four years ago.
The 19th Amendment does not specifically mention women. It states the right to vote shall not be denied or abridged on account of sex.
The first attempt at a women’s suffrage Amendment by Congress was back in 1868. It failed.
Sadly, many women opposed suffrage for fear it would lead to detrimental social changes and cause a loss of status and privileges for their sex.
Several states waited more than 40 years to ratify the amendment: Maryland (1941), Virginia (1952), Alabama (1953), Florida (1969, though not certified until 1973), Georgia (1970), Louisiana (1970), North Carolina (1971), and Mississippi (1984).