In the U.S., the 100th Anniversary of Women’s Suffrage is to be celebrated on August 26, 2020!
What Is Women’s Suffrage?
One rather humorous misunderstanding is when people think “suffrage” means “suffering!” Although women suffered plenty for their suffrage, the definition of “suffrage” is the right to vote, express an opinion, or participate in a decision.
Another confusion surrounding this national subject is when women’s suffrage should be celebrated. That’s because the U.S. 19th Amendment gave women the right to vote on August 18, 1920, yet the document wasn’t officially signed and certified by the U.S. Secretary of State until August 26. Therefore, Women’s Equality Day is celebrated annually on August 26!
This “win” to vote didn’t come easily. In fact, even after 1870, when the 15th Amendment prohibited the federal government and each state from denying a citizen the right to vote based on that citizen’s race, color, or previous condition of servitude, women had another 50 years before “earning” their own right!
Brave women struggled for decades. These so-called “suffragists” or “suffragettes” were hassled and sometimes threatened with violence when they spoke publicly. Some women were beaten and jailed.
How could anyone have questioned women’s right to vote? And, how did some of the worst opposition come from other women who were vehemently opposing those same female rights?
Are You Shaking Your Head in Disbelief of the Ignorance of People?
Thankfully, there have always been people who are strong enough and willing to argue for civil rights (in a dignified manner)!
Aging Gracefully TV Extends Gratitude for the 100th Anniversary of Women’s Suffrage and to Those Who Paved the Way!
After all of the energy, strife, courage, and conviction of leaders, will YOU exercise your civil right to vote this year? Maybe you haven’t thought about it yet?
If you want to register to vote, CLICK HERE.
Please share your thoughts in the comments box below…
Was it a surprise to you that women opposed the right to vote?
Was it a surprise that the struggle went on for almost a century?
No political preferences accepted here. This is merely a discussion on women’s suffrage.