Thursday, June 5, 2014

The Nineteenth Amendment

                               *Image from the National Archives

This resolution was passed by Congress June 4, 1919, which was ninety-five years ago yesterday.  It was ratified on August 18, 1920.  The 19th amendment guarantees all American women the right to vote.

This amendment was first introduced in 1878, after fifty years of struggle by women who were tired of having no political voice. The proposed amendment was debated forty more years before it became law. The service of women during World War I finally resulted in the adoption of the amendment.

Women like Susan P. Anthony, Elizabeth Cady Stanton, Lucy Stone, Julia Ward Howe, and many others worked without ceasing to insure women the right to vote. Ninety-five years later, American women cannot imagine a world where they wouldn't have the same rights as men.

On Tuesday of this week, our state had primary elections. Voter turnout was extremely low; estimates have about 34% of registered voters going to the polls.  After all the fighting and struggle for the right to vote, why don't we do it?  Would we be disturbed if someone tried to take our right to vote away from us?  Why?