Posted byat 26th August, 2010
90 years ago today, the 19th Amendment to the Constitution of the United States was signed into law. On August 26, 1920, at 8 a.m, Secretary of State Bainbridge Colby signed the proclamation which stated:
Section 1: The right of citizens of the United States to vote shall not be denied or abridged by the United States or by any State on account of sex.
The amendment is often referred to as the Susan B. Anthony amendment. After almost a century of fighting for the vote for women, the suffrage movement finally prevailed. Since its official founding at the Seneca Falls Convention of 1848 the movement fought against the economic and political subjugation of women. Elizabeth Cady Stanton, Susan B. Anthony, Lucretia Mott, Carrie Chapman Catt, Alice Stone Blackwell, Alice Paul and so many other remarkable women would not rest until women achieved the right to vote.
Many people do not realize that Victoria Woodhull had the audacity to run for President of the United States in 1872, 48 years before the 19th Amendment became law.
Today we celebrate the 90th anniversary of the 19th Amendment becoming the law of the land, however, we must also remember that 90 years later only 17% of Congress is female, approximately 3% of the CEO’s of the fortune 500 are women, and 20% of the op-ed’s in national newspapers are written by women. There is still much to do.