International Women’s Day: Know your history!
The American woman’s fight to vote begin in 1777, one year after the signing of the Declaration of Independence. It took 133 years before the 19th amendment passed (1920) that guaranteed women the universal right to vote..
Seneca Falls NY, 1848 saw the Declaration of Sentiments, signed by 68 women and 32 men, including Frederick Douglass.
Western states were the first to grant the vote to women: WY in 1870, Colorado (1893); Utah and Idaho (1896); Washington (1910); California (1911); and Oregon, Kansas, and Arizona (1912).
The Suffrage movement wasn’t just about women’s rights but human rights. Suffragettes fought to end slavery and reform social ills such as poverty, child labor, birth control, workers rights, distribution of wealth, public education, temperance, and much more.
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