Updated: Mar 22, 2020
Women in the US Couldn’t Vote – 100 years Ago
Did you know that women in the US did not have the right to vote 100 years ago? On August 26, 1920, the 19th Amendment was ratified, giving the right for women to vote. However, having that right did not achieve access and many Women of color had their voting privileges obstructed or simply did not gain them by statute until much later.
Did you ever wonder where early suffragists got the idea that women should have the same rights as men? The Iroquois tribes (Mohawk, Oneida, Seneca) in the area gave women equal rights in their society.
Did you know that a black man rallied about 300 white women, who were attending the first Women’s Convention held in Seneca Falls, NY in July 1848, to fight for their right to vote? Frederick Douglass, an eloquent speaker, told attendees to that if women were involved in the political sphere, the country could turn out to be a better place, and women and African Americans should both have the same rights to vote like white men did. His speech impacted the audience, and the resolution successfully passed.
-From the League of Women Voters of Thurston County Website:
In case you missed the "Women Vote NOW: Honoring Suffragists of Color Who Made a Difference" event last month hosted by NOW of Thurston County, Zonta Club of South Puget Sound, Thurston County League of Women Voters, and Olympia Universal Unitarian Church., you're in luck!
Thurston Community Media, a Votes for Women Centennial Grant recipient, filmed the event as a part of their grant program and it is now viewable on their youtube channel here: