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Friday, August 24, 2018

AUGUST 18, 1920 - Let's not forget!

by Judy Ann Davis
As writers, we often create heroines who are strong, vibrant, sincere women with the ability to think and reason on their own and who are single or married, working women or stay-a-home mothers and wives.

In history, August was a busy month for five mothers who bore sons who later became United States Presidents: Barack Obama, 44th U.S. President, on August 4, 1964; Herbert Hoover, 31st U.S. President, on August 10, 1874 (died 1964);  Bill Clinton, 42nd U.S. President, on August 19, 1946; Benjamin Harrison on August 20, 1833 (died 1901); and Lyndon Baines Johnson on August 22, 1908 (died 1973)

Lucy Stone
But while we salute these mothers from Kansas, Iowa, Arkansas, Ohio, and Texas who raised extraordinary sons, let us not forget a most important date in August, 98 years ago, that touched the lives of all women across America.

Thanks to the early efforts of women’s rights pioneers like Lucy Stone and Susan B. Anthony and many decades of a long, sometimes frightening fight, we would never have arrived at the momentous date of August 18, 1920 when the 19th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution was ratified, granting women the right to vote and granting them the responsibilities of citizenship.

Susan b. Anthony
   And this is not a right to be taken 
   lightly. Despite our party affiliation, despite our personal political
   issues, despite our like or dislike of our present legislators or
   President, we need to salute these brave, candid women who,
   when speaking out publicly for the emancipation of women
   and women's voting rights, were often heckled, spit on, 
   peppered with rotten vegetables, sprayed with water or jailed
  
    These women and other female activists and reformers paved
    the way for us under very violent and disrespectful circumstances. 
   They resisted those who disagreed, persisted, and won us 
   our rights as equal citizens of the United States.

As women writers, homemakers, technicians, clerical assistants, teachers, bankers, businesswomen, doctors, lawyers and the list goes on and on, we now owe it to these honest, forthright souls to carry on the tradition and utilize the rights they fought for. Please vote this year.  

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5 comments:

  1. Wonderful post. Thank you for this reminder.

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  2. Where would we be without these persistent ladies? I am proud of my right to vote. More people should practice that right. My mother was born that same year, 1920.

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    1. Yes, persistence paid off, despite the difficulties they encountered. My mom was born in 1921. At least both had the opportunity to vote when they came of age.

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  3. Well-written post, Judy! I am not sure I would have been brave enough to endure all they did on our behalf. I hope I would, but they had a terrible struggle.

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