Today marks the 100th anniversary of the adoption of the 19th amendment which gave women the right to vote. I’d like to celebrate this centennial by recognizing the unstoppable women who laid the groundwork leading to the passage and ratification of the 19th amendment, and those who continue to push the feminist agenda forward. Yet, while women have an equal right to vote, we have not fully tapped our potential when it comes to our political power. As I referenced in Marching Toward Coverage, the voting statistics of the 2016 presidential election are a prime example of this:
Women can drive change by voting in large numbers on priority issues like universal healthcare. As I noted in my book, “the personal is political.” This phrase was popularized by feminists in the 1960’s and 1970’s and has never been more true. In the context of 2020 and the COVID pandemic, health coverage is essential to our survival as individuals, families, and as a society. When women vote, we prioritize issues like healthcare. Let’s work together to make sure that our political power is fully realized in the 2020 election.
You can learn more about the history of securing women’s right to vote by visiting the Women’s Vote Centennial website here. Here are some of my recommended resources on voter registration and activism:
- When We All Vote – https://www.whenweallvote.org/
- Supermajority – https://supermajority.com/
- Leauge of Women Voters- https://www.lwv.org/
- Vote.org – https://www.vote.org/
- Rock the Vote – https://www.rockthevote.org/how-to-vote/
Together, in this all-important election year, let’s move forward in spreading the word about the political power of women voters!