A century ago, these 39 words brought millions of potential new voters into our democracy.
On August 26, 1920, women in America finally won their seven decades-long fight for universal suffrage with the passage of the 19th Amendment.
Despite this enormous accomplishment, it was only a step toward full enfranchisement—a step met with resistance as state and local authorities strengthened or enacted laws and deployed tactics designed to disqualify would-be voters, especially voters of color. In a move to address these barriers, the 1965 Voting Rights Act was passed on August 6.
Although a few women ventured into politics before 1920, with universal enfranchisement came a heightened interest in government roles. From trailblazers including Presidential nominee candidate Shirley Chisholm, Presidential candidate Hillary Clinton, and Secretary of State Madeline Albright, to today’s leaders, among them Chief Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, New York Representative Ana Ocasio-Cortez, Alabama Governor Kay Ivey, Virginia Representative Abigail Spanberger, Georgia Senator Kelly Loeffler, and Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms, we see the number of women seeking offices continue to rise. While progress has been made, work remains to be done to gain parity at the table.
Thought Logic believes voting is a cornerstone of U.S. democracy and supports women’s equality in civic life, society, and the workplace.