August 26th marked the 90th anniversary of the 19th Amendment that gave the women the right to vote in America. I can’t even image not having that right today. Notable figures in the women’s suffrage movement include Elizabeth Cady Stanton, Lucretia Mott, Alice Paul, Alice Duer Miller, Susan B. Anthony, and Carrie Chapman Catt.
Elizabeth Cady Stanton organized the 1848 Woman’s Rights Convention in Seneca Falls, New York. At the convention, she declared that men and women were equal. Ms. Stanton proposed a resolution demanding voting rights for women. With the help of Susan B. Anthony in 1869, Stanton founded the National Woman Suffrage Association. In 1888, she was a co-founder of The International Council of Women. A World War II troop transporter was named in her honor, the U.S.S. Elizabeth C. Stanton.
Alice Duer Miller, poet and writer, used humor to write this in support of the women’s right to vote in 1915:
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.
Today there are still countries where women’s voting rights is either denied or conditioned. These countries include: Bhutan, Lebanon, Brunei, Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates, and the Vatican City. I would like to see governments put more sanctions on countries that treat women unfairly. For some countries, the United States’s economy is so entwined breaking free is going to take some time.
As a result, I never take for granted my right to vote.