11.06.2016

Gratitude

Thank you to all of the daughters, sisters, aunts, mothers, and grandmothers who fought so hard for our right to vote!

99 years ago today, on November 6, 1917, all of the women of New York State won the right to vote.
New York State Woman Suffrage ad

It would be another almost-three years before all adult women in the United States won the right to vote with the ratification of the 19th amendment on August 18, 1920.

In the lead-up to the 1917 vote, lots of women participated in lots of parades to drum up support for woman suffrage.

Fall of 1917
May 4, 1912
From The World's Work, 1912. Parade took place on May 4, 1912.

See this, this, and this for more information about these three parade images. The full page from The World's Work includes a caption that reports that in the six states in which women had state-wide suffrage by 1912, 85% of women voted! That's amazing and it's sad that it's not that high today. (This fun graphic lets you see how changing turnout for various demographic groups affects the outcome of our upcoming presidential election.)

I won't take my vote on Tuesday for granted; you shouldn't, either!

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