It Took HOW Long?
A Short Voting History

I’m fascinated by American voting history. Recently I was lucky enough to be invited to speak at the Women’s Vision Foundation in Broomfield, CO. As a thank You, I was presented with a book titled Her Story: A Timeline of the Women Who Changed America by Charlotte S. Waisman and Jill S. Tietjen.

Upon reading the short snipits of the many women scientists, businesswomen, politicians, entertainers and athletes who have shaped the country, I learned lots that I didn't know about the voting history of women here in the US.

Here are a few facts:

In 1841 Elizabeth Cady Stanton helps organize a women’s rights convention in Seneca Falls, New York. The convention begins a 72 year fight for women’s right to vote.

In 1850 Lucy Stone is a suffragist who is among the most prominent women to keep her maiden name. She said, “And do not tell us before we are born even, that our province is to cook dinners, darn stockings and sew buttons. We want rights.”

In 1851 Suffaragist Amelia Bloomer promotes dress reform for women. She advocated for a shorter, less restrictive skirt and pantaloons instead of heavy hoops and stays.

In 1869 Susan B. Anthony co founded the Womens’s Suffrage Association.

In 1878 Susan B. Anthnoy persuades Senator Aaron Sargent to present an amendment giving women the right to vote, this amendment is reintroduced every year until it becomes the 19th amendment.

In 1920 In anticipation of the victory of women’s right to vote, the League of Women Voters is organized. A woman’s right to vote becomes law on August 26 after 72 years of struggle.

Only one of the women who attended the 1841 women’s rights convention lives to cast her vote.

An important election is upon us. In this day and age, it’s easy to think that your vote doesn’t count. As Spiderman says, “With great power comes great responsibility.” Ladies, it took 72 years to be given the power to vote.

My job is to assist you in improving your life. The easiest way to do that is to vote. I encourage you (men and women) to take responsibility for direction of this country and your life. Take the time to inform yourself on the issues and vote. You’ll be glad you did.

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