On this day in 1920, the 19th Amendment to the Constitution was enacted and American women gained the right to vote in federal elections.
Significant progress has been made in the subsequent 96 years.
Women are active in all spheres of American life, from education and the arts to business, science and the military. A woman is the presidential nominee of a major political party.
Yet issues remain that demand our attention and dedication to making things better.
We must continue to be vigilant, working to protect the right to vote from efforts to restrict it. Equal pay for equal work, parental leave for working mothers and fathers, equal access to health services for women and protection against sexual assault and harassment are all areas where work needs to be done.
As we celebrate the right to vote, the League of Women Voters urges all citizens to study the issues and become involved in the public debate and democratic process that is so important to all our lives. Equal opportunity, equal treatment and equal protection for women in the workplace, at home and in society are essential to ensure a better life for all Americans.
Marguerite Bader, San Luis Obispo