On August 18, 1920, the 19th amendment to the U.S. Constitution was ratified. This amendment gave women the right to vote. Susan B. Anthony (February 15, 1820 – March 13, 1906) and Elizabeth Cady Stanton (November 12, 1815 – October 26, 1902) drafted the amendment. It was first introduced in 1878. Forty-one years later, in 1919, Congress
submitted the amendment to the states for ratification. A year later, it was ratified. How sad it was not ratified while these two trailblazers lived.
Not for Ourselves Alone, Ken Burns PBS documentary, tells the story of these two extraordinary women, and their work.
When the Walt Disney movie, Mary Poppins, came out, my sister, California Girl, bought me the album. She gave it to me before she left for Viet Nam, as a nurse with the State Department. Although I had no idea what “suffragette” meant when I first heard this song in elementary school, Sister Suffragette has long been a favorite of mine. Having an older brother, I especially thought of him, whenever the line near the beginning about men was sung. (I love you, Butter!) Such a catchy tune.
Many thanks to all those who fought for women’s rights, and to those who continue to be
its advocates. For the most part, the shackles have been cast off, so let’s adore those brave women, and men, who blazed the trail for the ratification of the 19th amendment to the US Constitution.
I wish you well.