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Not quite a celebratory mood?

One hundred years ago, Congress voted for a constitutional amendment to give women the right to vote. The House passage was on May 21, 1919, and the Senate followed soon after on June 4, 1919. It was then sent to the states for ratification, and the following year it became the 19th Amendment to the United States Constitution.

We've made a lot of progress over the past century, but with senseless attacks on women, a sexist President, and an increasingly uphill battle for autonomy over our own bodies — I wondered if we should be celebrating.

But we must remember the groundbreaking, and at times dangerous, efforts of the Women's Suffrage movement and how that movment paved the way for the challenges we face today.

We're fighting for paid family leave, equal pay, reproductive freedom, gender parity in leadership positions, and so much more.

Let's be frank: this is an uncertain time for many women in this country. But we come from a long line of powerful women and allies, and we're not giving up.

Thank you for standing with me in this fight,

Suzanne

Posted on June 4, 2019.