Susan B. Anthony Square
Marking 100 Years of Women’s Suffrage
“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.
Congress shall have power to enforce this article by appropriate legislation.”
~ 19th Amendment ~
“Let’s Have Tea” Sculpture of Susan B. Anthony and Frederick Douglas,by Pepsy M. Kettavong
On March 22, 1984, Mississippi finally ratified the 19th Amendment, which gave American women the right to vote. Sixty-four years earlier, on August 18, 1920, Tennessee, had become the 36th state to ratify the amendment, which had passed both the House and the Senate, and needed three fourths of the states to ratify it, for it to become law.
Today marks one hundred years since all women were officially granted the right to cast a vote in elections, in these United States.
This moment would never have come without the tireless work of a group of women who were abolitionist; they understood that it was good and right for them to work to free African-Americans, end slavery, and establish the rights of citizenship for an oppressed class. However, they also saw the irony of their own place and limits in the society they were trying to improve for others, while they lacked so many basic human rights, like owning property or having control over monies earned by their own hand.
Among the heroines of the Women’s Suffrage movement, who organized the 1848 Seneca Falls Convention, were Susan B. Anthony, Elizabeth Cady Stanton, and Lucretia Mott.
“Equality of rights under the law shall not be denied or abridged by the Unite States or by State on the account of sex.”
~ The Equal Rights Amendment ~
We have still not managed to ratify this amendment.