Happy(ish) Women’s Equality Day!

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Happy Women’s Equality Day! And happy 94th birthday to the 19th Amendment! 

August 26th commemorates the 1920 passage of the 19th amendment, giving white women the right to vote. The day was designated in 1971 thanks to the tireless work of the inimitable feminist and congresswoman Bella Abzug (D-NY), picture above.

We’ve come a long way, but as anyone reading this blog knows, there is more work to be done. 

This infographic sums it up pretty well. (Click for larger version.)

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Screen Shot 2013-10-28 at 11.13.50 PMKatie Halper is a blogger, comedian and filmmaker.

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3 Comments

  1. Posted August 26, 2014 at 3:03 pm | Permalink

    I’m curious about two dates on the timeline picture provided, August 26, 1920 when the 19th amendment was signed into law giving all American women the right to vote and then 1948 when it states that African American and Asian American women were given the right to vote. Did the 19th amendment only give WHITE American women the right to vote? If so I wish it was more clearly stated. Also, what was the catalyst for granting African American and Asian American women the right to vote in 1948 and why wouldn’t they have been covered by the 19th amendment? I’ve been searching the internet and haven’t found anything yet but will keep on searching. If I had guess the intention of the 19th amendment was that it would grant all American women the right to vote but in practice African American and Asian American women were still barred from voting by a variety of racist means and something was done about this in 1948.

  2. Posted August 26, 2014 at 3:36 pm | Permalink

    Are you sure about that 19th amendment only giving the right to vote to white women? What is the amendment from 1948?

    • Posted August 28, 2014 at 6:43 pm | Permalink

      I guess I’m just confused about why the timeline pic includes a reference to 1948 where it states “African American and Asian American women are given the right to vote”. Weren’t they given the right to vote in 1920 with the passage of the 19th Amendment?

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