Yes, on August 26, 1920, the 19th Amendment was made official and women nationwide were granted the right to vote.
So let’s party like it’s 1920 and exercise that right!
It is absolutely insane to think that women have been allowed to vote for less than 100 years in the United States of America. The Suffragettes- the women who fought for our right to vote, have always had a special place in my heart. So please, for all those great women that came before us, get to the polls.
If you’re overwhelmed by the political process, there are plenty of places to learn about your candidates and propositions. Yahoo has a guide that is organized by state. And you can also check your local newspapers for their take and endorsements.
I will leave you with this fun excerpt from About.com about how women used humor to show how silly it was to be excluded at the polls. (Full article at Women\’s Suffrage Victory)
“Opposed by a well-organized and well-funded anti-suffrage movement which argued that most women really didn’t want the vote, and they were probably not qualified to exercise it anyway, women also used humor as a tactic. In 1915, writer Alice Duer Miller wrote,
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.”