Aug 26: Women's Vote Day
From an editorial by Sue Conley in the Janesville Gazette Aug 25 page 8A:
August marks the 90th anniversary of the ratification of the 19th amendment. The Tenn. General Assembly became the 36th state to ratify the amendment on Aug 18th 1920 making it official. The deciding vote was Harry Burn, whose mother had written, Don’t forget to be a good boy.
It took women 70 years to win the right to vote. Today it is not even noted on a public radio station. Call your local media. Remind them. Tell them you expect coverage of that struggle wherein women were beaten and force fed in prisons.
From Suzie at Echidne of the Snakes:
Rep. Bella Abzug got Congress to designate Aug. 26 as “Women’s Equality Day” in 1971. The National Women's History Project has more background, including the original resolution. It leads off:
WHEREAS, the women of the United States have been treated as second-class citizens and have not been entitled the full rights and privileges, public or private, legal or institutional, which are available to male citizens of the United States; and WHEREAS, the women of the United States have united to assure that these rights and privileges are available to all citizens equally regardless of sex ...