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Celebrating the 19th Amendment: August 26, 2013

26 Aug

SufferageToday marks the 93rd Anniversary of the ratification of the 19th Amendment to the US Constitution.  After a very long and hard struggle for women to get the right to vote — fought by such heroes as Alice Paul and many  others — women were finally granted the right to vote.  Finally, in 1920 all women were being treated as full equals.

Oh but wait.  Sadly, this is far from true. While I am exceedingly grateful for the passing of the 19th Amendment, we still have a long way to go towards treating all women equitably.  Even more sad is that the recent Supreme Court ruling regarding the Voting Rights Act.  With this ruling, we now witness the very intentional disenfranchisement of targeted voters: poor women, women of color, and a large percentage of people of color.

Today is a great day for action.  Today we should be standing in solidarity with all women to celebrate the 19th Amendment but to also initiate respectful conversations around what populations are being kept from the polls and how we shore up the heart of the Voting Rights Act of 1965. While five members of the Supreme Court may not remember history, there are many of us that do and are more than happy to offer a history lesson to prevent us from repeating our mistakes.

I would also like to celebrate the National Women’s History Project today, co-founded by Molly Murphy MacGregor. Today is Women’s Equality Day as proclaimed by the President of the United States.   Click here to find out more about the National Women’s History Project.

Women’s History Month: 2012

1 Mar

Celebrating Women's History Month

Like Black History Month, I wish we did not have to celebrate a specific month for Women’s History.  However, the truth of the matter is that we desperately need Women’s History Month, just as we continue to need to celebrate Black History Month.

The past three years in particular we have witnessed myriad vicious attacks on women and their bodies.  John Boehner and his ilk seem to want property rights to every vagina in America.  I’m very glad, as all of America should be, that my dear friend Molly Murphy MacGregor helped start Women’s History Month.

Over the course of the month we will look at women pioneers and women who fought for civil rights, while we also examine the continued hypocrisy and double standards that exist, as we witness right wing extremist policing women’s eggs.  Reproductive health is debated by men (Catholic Bishops? Darrel Issa‘s all-male birth control panel?) with paternalistic moralizing and no reference to women at all. Sadly, it is not just men that are trying to control women’s bodies, but a faction of self-loathing women, who have internalized male oppression are also hurting women: are you listening Susan G. Komen Foundation? Helping everyone learn Women’s History is the best preventative for creating any new Phyllis Schlaflys or Karen Handels.

I leave you with one of my favorite School House Rock videos!

Celebrating Women’s History Month: March 1

1 Mar

Honoring Molly

Today I would like to honor and pay tribute to Molly Murphy MacGregor. Molly, always very humble, is the co-founder of the National Women’s History Project (NWHP) and the force behind why we now celebrate Women’s History Month in the United States. The not insignificant move forward started in 1980, when President Jimmy Carter issued the first Presidential Proclamation declaring the Week of March 8th 1980 as National Women’s History Week.  Finally in 1987, Congress declared March as National Women’s History Month in perpetuity.

I met Molly in 2002 at a National Women’s Conference at Smith College.  Shortly after I met her, she asked if I would join the board of directors of the National Women’s History Project. What a great honor and what a wonderful four years I had with an amazingly talented group of people at NWHP.  Who better to kick off Women’s History Month than my friend, Molly Murphy MacGregor. I strongly encourage you to visit NWHP.

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