Today 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.