Today, August 26, is Women’s Equality Day in the US. It is the day that the 19th amendment was ratified in 1920 giving all women over the age of 21 the right to vote, but most women of color were not able to exercise that freedom until after the Civil Rights Movement of the 1960s. It was the result of a 72 year struggle for women’s suffrage and came 137 years after the ratification of the US Constitution in 1787.
Hat tip to John Calvi for sharing this through the Friends for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer Concerns listserve.
For more information, you can view a timeline of women’s suffrage in the USA.
Also you can read an article about Quaker, Lucretia Mott’s anti-slavery and pro-women work.