Women’s Equality Day

Women’s Equality Day will be celebrated on Aug. 26, referring to the 19th Amendment to the US Constitution, granting women the right to vote.

This year is the 99th celebration of the 19th Amendment, adapted Aug. 26, 1920. Up to that date, each state had authority to accept or deny a woman’s vote. Iowa women earned the right to vote on July 2, 1919, just before the Amendment to the Constitution.

In 1848 in Seneca Falls, New York, 240 women met to schedule marches and protests to gain attention, led by Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Lucretia Mott.

In 1872, Susan B Anthony was arrested for attempting to vote.

In 1913, 8000 women marched up PA Ave the day before Pres Wilson’s inauguration. A half million onlookers tried to block the marchers and 200 were hospitalized when police did not intervene.

In 1915, 25000 marched on NYC’s 5th Ave. Later that year, NY granted women the vote.

In 1920, Tennessee became the last vote (36th) required for amendment to US Constitution. Twenty-four-year-old Harry Burn listened to his mother and finally voted to accept ratification; he hid from public the rest of the da

On Aug 26, 1920, US Sec of State signed “Anthony’s Amendment” into law, nearly 15 years after Susan B Anthony’s death.

In 1923, ERA was introduced to Congress by Nat Women’s Party, founded by Alice Paul.

In 2019 — nearly 100 years later — American women still wait for a constitutional amendment prohibiting discrimination of basis of sex.

We owe it to suffragettes, to not shirk our right to vote. Remember what they went through — marches, protests, imprisonment, beatings — so that we have the right to vote. We owe it to them for paving the way.

Cindy Paulsen, President, Oskaloosa Business and Professional Women

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