On this day in the year 1920, there was an amendment passed that was a milestone for all women, the right to vote. While this right was not granted until this time, there were women fighting for this right since the 1800’s. After countless petitions, hunger strikes, silent vigils, and marches, women could finally vote. As a woman voter today, I can say that while I do appreciate my being able to vote, women’s voting is something that is not as recognized as it should be.
As Americans I feel like we can sometimes take how good we have it for granted; women having the right to vote being one of them. While the celebration of our independence from the U.K. is something that we as a nation celebrate annually, the day that women are granted the right to vote is hardly even recognized. Thinking about how brave these women were to stand up against all the stereotypes and social mores of that time period to fight for what they believe in, one cannot help but wonder where is the fight anymore?
We as women should be rejoicing at how far we have come and not forget that the rights we have today were not always the rights we have always had. To some, women are still considered inferior to men and should be treated as such. Luckily for us, things are changing due to more acceptances from the majority. For that I would like to say that we as women should know that we are strong, and we should still continue to fight for equality in all realms of our society. While there is nothing wrong with sticking to social mores, one should not be afraid to do something outside of what society says you should do as a woman.
Voting is a right that women have worked hard for, it was not given to us, and to me that makes it more worthwhile. Today is a reminder to keep fighting for the things we want in life despite what anyone thinks and to help those who cannot speak for themselves. While we have had to struggle for the rights we have today, we still have more of an advantages amongst several other groups of people. For example a march will be going on in Washington D.C. today in lieu of the 90th anniversary of this amendment. The groups leading this march are the League of Women Voters and D.C. Vote. This is also a march for the people of Washington who do not have a member in the House of Representatives, which means they cannot vote. This goes to show you that there is always something worthwhile to fight for, and we as a nation must continue to fight for freedom, the environment, our fellow citizens, and anything else that means a great deal to a person.
On this day 90 years ago, there was the final passing of a very important amendment. While it is hard to see the suffering that many women have given for us to be able to vote today, it is easy to see the results of it. One should try thinking of a world without this right and how different things would really be. IF we could not vote, I’m sure it would be difficult for us to get into certain jobs, and pursue all the goals we strive for. So I would like to say thank you for all those who have paved the way for the rest of us, it will never be forgotten.