Today is the 100th anniversary of the ratification of the 19th Amendment to the United States constitution. The amendment gave the right to vote to all American women.
As you might expect, some people are writing about this important anniversary. Here is a short roundup of what is out there:
The irony of this move cannot be overlooked. Trump is trying to stop mail-in-voting during the pandemic by defunding the post office. Yesterday he claimed that the only way he would lose in November is if “the election is rigged.” And he could not pass-up the opportunity to take a shot at a former First Lady.
Anna North has a nice piece at VOX. She cites historians Martha Jones, Lisa Tetrault, Catherine Cahill, and Stephanie Sellers.
The New York Times offers an amazing photo essay titled “Suffrage at 100: A Visual History.” It includes insights from historian Susan Ware, Martha Jones, and Ellen Carol DuBois.
Historian Rosemarie Zagarri reminds us that women voted in New Jersey as early as 1776:
Actually, New Jersey was the first state to allow women to vote–from 1776 to 1807. https://t.co/y1TscNjC62
— Rosemarie Zagarri (@rzhist) August 18, 2020
Over at Time, Olivia Waxman debunks some myths.
Treva Lindsey reminds us that “virulent racism, classism and xenophobia” plagued “a storied movement for women’s right to the elective franchise.”
Dayton, Ohio is proud of its role in the women’s suffrage movement.
Over at The Anxious Bench, Chris Gehrz offers a religious history of the 19th Amendment.