Celebrate Women’s Equality Day, today, Aug. 26, the historic date of the ratification of the 19th amendment to the Constitution which gave women the right to vote.
In the context of 2020, it seems light years away.
And so we celebrate Women’s Equality Day with respect and gratitude for the historic work of the suffragists. Yet, we realize the road was a long and difficult one from 1878 to 1920:
- The Woman Suffrage Amendment was first introduced on Jan. 10, 1878, resubmitted and resubmitted until finally approved by the House and Senate in June 1919.
- Requiring approval by two-thirds of the states, women activists spent the next year lobbying their state legislatures.
- Finally, on Aug. 24, 1920, Tennessee became the 36th state to ratify the amendment and two days later, Aug. 26, it was signed into law.
Today, we see the advances women have made because of the achievements of named and unnamed pioneers – those who came before. Certainly, the future is filled with hope and endless possibilities because of who we are in America.