Centennial in the News

A curated list of recommended news articles about the centennial of the 19th Amendment

The 19th Amendment Was Ratified 100 Years Ago — These 10 Women Changed Politics Since (USA Today, August 28, 2020)
In the century since the 19th Amendment was ratified, women have shattered glass ceilings at every level of American government with the glaring exception of president and vice president. And in many cases, women had to beat two opponents to win office – the other candidate and sexism.
 

What the 19th Amendment Meant for Black Women (Politico, August 26, 2020)
One hundred years ago this month, suffragists celebrated the amendment’s adoption. For Black women, it wasn’t a culminating moment, but the start of a new fight to secure voting rights for all Americans.


Ida B. Wells Gets Her Due as a Black Suffragist Who Rejected Movement’s Racism (Washington Post, August 25, 2020)

Her image is arresting. Hundreds of people walking through Washington’s Union Station this week paused to look at the huge photo mosaic of anti-lynching crusader and suffragist Ida B. Wells-Barnett on the marble floor.
 

My Start Story Celebrates: Suffragist Ruth Hanna McCormick (Start TV Network, August 24, 2020)
National Women's History Museum President and CEO Holly Hotchner celebrates Suffragist Ruth Hanna McCormick and the centennial of the 19th Amendment.

The Bold Suffragists You Likely Didn’t Learn About in School (Mashable, August 18, 2020)
"In honor of the 100th anniversary of the ratification of the 19th Amendment, Mashable is highlighting women who pushed for the right to vote even as they were discriminated against due to other parts of their identity. These Black, Indigenous, Latina, immigrant, and working-class women contributed to a movement that at points kept them at arm's length."

‘For the Future Benefit of My Whole Race': How Black Women Fought for the Vote Before and After 19th Amendment (NBC  Chicago,  August 17, 2020)
"As the U.S. marks the centennial of the 19th Amendment, giving women the right to vote, it is a chance to publicly recognize the work of Ida B. Wells and thousands of other African American women who fought fiercely for its passage but did not gain the same benefit as white women after its ratification on Aug. 18, 1920."

Why Women's Right to Vote Matters 100 Years Later (AARP, August 14, 2020)
"While it is important to mark this occasion, it's equally important to recognize that this was the beginning of the fight for the vote, not the end, and the story continued well after 1920,” says Holly Hotchner, president and CEO of the National Women's History Museum, which is offering virtual programming to commemorate the centennial of the 19th Amendment.

 

Thousands of women fought against the right to vote. Their reasons still resonate today. (Washington Post, August 9, 2020)
"But as the suffragists would soon learn, women would play a crucial role in attempting to prevent women from gaining the right to vote. As the suffragist movement gained momentum, women mobilized committees, circulated petitions, and created associations to oppose women’s suffrage in New York and Massachusetts. Thousands of women would eventually join their fight."

Legacy of Suffrage: 100 Years Later, These Activists Continue Their Ancestors’ Work  (The New York Times,  August 7, 2020)
“We want girls and boys, men and women in the United States to have access to inspiration about the roles women have played and are playing in our history,” she [Susan Whiting] said. “Susan B. Anthony’s story is told, but many others have not been.”

My Start Story Celebrates Suffragist Susan B. Anthony (Start TV Network,  August 7, 2020)
"Susan Dickinson Whiting is Susan B. Anthony’s cousin, 'Personally, her legacy means one of perseverance, taking a moral stand and dedicating your whole life to that position. And that’s the story that came across in my family growing up. And it’s always been an inspiration to me that no matter how hard something was, we could persevere, if she could persevere for over 50 years.'”

A Century After Black Activist FEW Harper Fought For The Vote And Against Alcohol, The U.S. Still Hasn’t Fully Delivered (Forbes, August 6, 2020)
"And while white names like Susan B. Anthony, Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Frances Willard endure among history’s leading pro-temperance suffragists, one efficacious but ultimately frustrated Black woman, born free in Maryland, notably took on all three crusades at once. Her name was Frances Ellen Watkins Harper (AKA F.E.W. Harper) and though she bore the weight society loads onto those who live lives of marginalized intersectionality, she never stopped driving her triple goals of temperance, women’s suffrage and Black civil rights ever closer to the finish line."

In Her Words: Bronze Ceiling (The New York Times, August 6, 2020)
"Across the country, monuments honoring racist figures are being defaced and toppled. In New York’s Central Park, one statue is taking shape that aims to amend not only racial but also gender disparities in public art: A 14-foot-tall bronze monument of Susan B. Anthony, Sojourner Truth and Elizabeth Cady Stanton, three of the more prominent leaders in the nationwide fight for women’s right to vote."

In 1920, Native Women Sought the Vote. Here’s What’s Next. (The New York Times, July 31, 2020)
"The 19th Amendment did not bring the right to vote to all Native women, but two experts in a conversation said it did usher in the possibility of change."
 

The Black Women Who Paved the Way for This Moment (The Atlantic, June 9, 2020)
"When most black women in the U.S. did not have access to the vote, these women boldly confronted the hypocrisy of white America, often drawing upon their knowledge of history. And they did so in public spaces—in mass community meetings, at local parks, and on sidewalks. These women harnessed the power of their voices, passion, and the raw authenticity of their political message to rally black people across the nation and the globe."

When Lesbians Led the Women’s Suffrage Movement (The Conversation, January 24, 2020)
"As Americans commemorate the centennial of the 19th Amendment, which granted voting rights to some – but not all – women, it is important to acknowledge the lesbian leaders of the suffrage movement. A leadership team of three women with “lesbian-like” relationships – Jane Addams, Sophonisba Breckinridge and Anna Howard Shaw – took control of the suffrage movement in 1911."
 

Suffrage in Spanish: Hispanic Women and the Fight for the 19th Amendment in New Mexico (Women's Vote Centennial)
"The story of these New Mexicans reminds us of the diversity of suffrage activism in the United States. Their advocacy for the vote grew out of their insistence that Spanish-Americans, as they called themselves, were equal citizens. At a moment when the land rights, religion, and language of Hispanics were under attack, they asserted that the suffrage movement needed to include them and their concerns."

The Very Queer History of the Suffrage Movement (Women's Vote Centennial)
"Queer suffragists thus were fighting for much more than the right to vote. They were fighting for a world where they could be free to be who they were and love who they wanted to love."

I am glad to see that men are getting their rights, but I want women to get theirs, and while the water is stirring I will step into the pool.

Sojourner Truth