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.)


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


Born and raised on the mean streets of New York City’s Upper West Side, Katie Halper is a comic, writer, blogger, satirist and filmmaker based in New York. Katie graduated from The Dalton School (where she teaches history) and Wesleyan University (where she learned that labels are for jars.) A director of Living Liberally and co-founder/performer in Laughing Liberally, Katie has performed at Town Hall, Symphony Space, The Culture Project, D.C. Comedy Festival, all five Netroots Nations, and The Nation Magazine Cruise, where she made Howard Dean laugh! and has appeared with Lizz Winstead, Markos Moulitsas, The Yes Men, Cynthia Nixon and Jim Hightower. Her writing and videos have appeared in The New York Times, Comedy Central, The Nation Magazine, Gawker, Nerve, Jezebel, the Huffington Post, Alternet and Katie has been featured in/on NY Magazine, LA Times, In These Times, Gawker,Jezebel, MSNBC, Air America, GritTV, the Alan Colmes Show, Sirius radio (which hung up on her once) and the National Review, which called Katie “cute and some what brainy.” Katie co-produced Tim Robbins’s film Embedded, (Venice Film Festival, Sundance Channel); Estela Bravo’s Free to Fly (Havana Film Festival, LA Latino Film Festival); was outreach director for The Take, Naomi Klein/Avi Lewis documentary about Argentine workers (Toronto & Venice Film Festivals, Film Forum); co-directed New Yorkers Remember the Spanish Civil War, a video for Museum of the City of NY exhibit, and wrote/directed viral satiric videos including Jews/ Women/ Gays for McCain.

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  • http://feministing.com/members/stitches/ Heather

    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.

  • http://feministing.com/members/mmkay/ bee

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

    • http://feministing.com/members/stitches/ Heather

      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?