“Women can vote” was the news AUGUST 26, 1920, with the passage of the 19th Amendment:
“The right of citizens of the U.S. to vote shall not be denied or abridged by the United States or by any State on account of sex.”
In the 1800’s, Sweden, Britain, Finland, New Zealand, South Australia, and some western U.S. Territories extended voting rights to women.
In countries adhering to Sharia Law, such as Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates, Brunei, etc., women’s right to vote is still denied or limited.
President Gerald Ford stated February 13, 1976:
“Susan B. Anthony…with other dedicated women…took the cause of women’s suffrage to State capitals across our growing Nation…
The irreversible change she wrought…led to the ratification of the Nineteenth Amendment.”
Also fighting for prohibition of alcohol, Susan B. Anthony spoke at a Daughters of Temperance dinner, March 1, 1849:
“Ladies! There is no Neutral position for us…If we sustain not this noble enterprise…then is our influence on the side of Intemperance.
If we say we love the Cause and then sit down at our ease, surely does our action speak the lie.
And now permit me once more to beg of you to lend your aid to this great Cause, the Cause of God and all Mankind.”
“We Stand on the Shoulders of Giants” :
President Richard Nixon remarked at the 50th Anniversary of the League of Women Voters, April 17, 1969: “A year before the 19th amendment was adopted the League of Women Voters was founded, and that organization, in the past 50 years, has played a major role in this Nation on a nonpartisan basis…
Last night I spoke to 4,000 Republican women who were here in Washington, D.C….Since about 1947, a tremendously escalating role of women in politics in the United States…
I often say that men do the talking and women do the working in campaigns…”
He went onto say:
“Then, of course, as we look at the past 50 years we wonder what could happen in the next 50 years…
As I look around the world and as I find that India has a woman Prime Minister, Ceylon has a woman Prime Minister, Israel has a woman Prime Minister, certainly in the next 50 years we shall see a woman President–maybe sooner than you think…
The problem of holding down the cost of living and taxes, that is not a partisan issue…You approach the problems – not on the basis of partisanship, but on the basis of the facts.”
Another women’s suffrage leader was Julia Ward Howe, author of The Battle Hymn of the Republic, who wrote in the 3rd verse:
“I have read a fiery gospel writ in burnished rows of steel;
‘As ye deal with my contemners, so with you my grace shall deal;
LET THE HERO, BORN OF WOMAN, crush the serpent with his heel,
Since God is marching on.”
I leave you with a dark time in recent history with ‘Day of Rememberance’, (I understand it has nothing whatsoever to do with Women’s voter’s rights), nonetheless the most necessary version of her song. This is JP’s version of History. The Battle Hymn of the Republic sung by the US Navy at the National Cathedral in Washington D.C. on September 14th 2001 for the 9/11 Memorial Service:
Note: @ 2:36 it becomes a bit news wonky for a brief 3 seconds…@ 3:21 you will see Bill Clinton not know the words…I will ALWAYS from time to time through in a needed reminder of that day. This was JUST that opportunity!