In 1873, Susan B. Anthony was convicted of trying to register to vote. Her attorneys unsuccessfully claimed that citizenship alone gave women the constitutional right to vote.
It took almost half a century, until 1920, for women to win that constitutional right, through a specific amendment.
Aug. 26 is the date the 19th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution took effect, ensuring that the right of citizens of the United States to vote “shall not be denied or abridged by the United States or by any State on account of sex.”
But almost a century later, what have women done with that right? Here we are in 2015, still without parity in state and federal legislatures, still without having secured the social and economic rights that support true civic equality, still arguing over basic access to the full participation in public life.
Women should be the involved, active participants in our own democracy that the suffragists of the early 20th century fought and died for.
Let’s make the 2016 elections the year women take back the ballot box and vote in their own selfinterest. Elect people who are going to realize the power of the women’s vote.