On August 26, 1920, the Nineteenth Amendment to the United States Constitution became law, making today the 90th anniversary of women winning the right to vote.
Here’s the abbreviated history lesson.
This part made me laugh.
“Opposed by a well-organized and well-funded anti-suffrage movement which argued that most women really didn’t want the vote, and they were probably not qualified to exercise it anyway, women also used humor as a tactic. In 1915, writer Alice Duer Miller wrote,
Why We Don’t Want Men to Vote
* Because man’s place is in the army.
* Because no really manly man wants to settle any question otherwise than by fighting about it.
* Because if men should adopt peaceable methods women will no longer look up to them.
* Because men will lose their charm if they step out of their natural sphere and interest themselves in other matters than feats of arms, uniforms, and drums.
* Because men are too emotional to vote. Their conduct at baseball games and political conventions shows this, while their innate tendency to appeal to force renders them unfit for government.”
In honor of all these glorious women (okay, and some men too), a couple of years ago during election season I posted Why Women Should Vote .
Now, go watch “Iron Jawed Angels” and always — ALWAYS — choose to vote.
Happy 19th Amendment Day!
Do you always vote?