Tuesday, August 18, 2020

UC Santa Barbara and Good Morning America observe another 100th Anniversary of the 19th Amendment

Last year, I observed the 100th Anniversary of passage of the 19th Amendment guaranteeing women the right to vote. It's time to recognize another milestone for the equality of women in the United States, Tennessee becoming the 26th state to ratify the 19th Amendment on August 18, 1920. To that end, I begin today's commemoration of the occasion with UC Santa Barbara Fast Facts: The 19th Amendment.

August 18, 2020, marks the 100th anniversary of the 19th Amendment, giving women in the United States the right to vote, and since 1920, women's roles in elections continues to evolve.
Good Morning America discussed the significance of the event in We are honoring the 100th anniversary of some American women's right to vote.

Our newswomen react to the 19th Amendment on the anniversary of white women's suffrage. 100 years later there's still work to be done.
I agree; it was a good first step, but more still needs to be done.

Finally, CrashCourse puts the 19th Amendment in context in Women's Suffrage: Crash Course US History #31.

In which John Green teaches you about American women in the Progressive Era and, well, the progress they made. So the big deal is, of course, the right to vote women gained when the 19th amendment was passed and ratified. But women made a lot of other gains in the 30 years between 1890 and 1920. More women joined the workforce, they acquired lots of other legal rights related to property, and they also became key consumers in the industrial economy. Women also continued to play a vital role in reform movements. Sadly, they got Prohibition enacted in the US, but they did a lot of good stuff, too. The field of social work emerged as women like Jane Addams created settlement houses to assist immigrants in their integration into the United States. Women also began to work to make birth control widely available. You'll learn about famous reformers and activists like Alice Paul, Margaret Sanger, and Emma Goldman, among others.
Watching this video reminds me that I've only embedded a CrashCourse video in a blog entry once before as the conclusion of Plague in the news and in history. Maybe I should use their videos more often.

Finally, I wrote about one more anniversary still to come in 100th Anniversary of passage of the 19th Amendment guaranteeing women the right to vote.
There will be one more 100th anniversary to celebrate, August 26, 1920, when the 19th Amendment was certified by U.S. Secretary of State Bainbridge Colby. I hope to remember that date as well.
That's National Women’s Equality Day. Stay tuned.

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