This past Friday was Women’s Equality Day in the US, marking 91 years since the passing of the 19th Amendment. And though we were a good 20 years behind colonies such as New Zealand and South Australia in making it universal, we have an impressive history to show for it. Some women spent their whole adult lives devoted to the cause, while others loudly argued against suffrage for women, but in the end, the movement is known for its success through non-violent civil disobedience.
What about you? As a woman, do you take the right to vote seriously, wherever you are? Do you consider it important to make sure that your voice is heard in your country? What does your own history with suffrage look like, and how does it reflect the struggles and hard work of your foremothers? Do you think our voices today can make a real difference?
(Interestingly, in Utah, women gained the right to vote in 1870, but had that right revoked in 1887 until the territory gave up the official practice of polygamy. It was then restored in 1895, 25 years before the rest of the country. Any thoughts as to why Utah was so progressive in extending this right?)
And for a different perspective on what Women’s Equality Day can mean to us as individuals, check out this great piece.