We look back at the last century of voting and examine how women and women of color have impacted our politics.
From The Reading List
New York Times: "Opinion: The 19th Amendment: An Important Milestone in an Unfinished Journey" — "Historians who specialize in voting rights and African-American women’s history have played a welcome and unusually public role in combating the myths that have long surrounded the women’s suffrage movement and the 19th Amendment, which celebrates its 100th anniversary on Tuesday."
Wall Street Journal: "Black Women’s Long Struggle for Voting Rights" — "On March 3, 1913, the day before Woodrow Wilson’s presidential inauguration, more than 5,000 women gathered in Washington, D.C. for a “suffrage parade” demanding the right to vote."
Washington Post: "Women’s suffrage was a giant leap for democracy. We haven’t stuck the landing yet." — "The House delayed the vote as long as it could."
NBC News: "Women's suffrage myths and the lesser known women suffragists" — "This year marks 100 years since the passage of the 19th amendment, which sought to guarantee all American women the right to vote."
Minnesota Star Tribune: "100 years later, today's activists can learn from suffrage movement" — "The fact that voting rights are still so contested today — from Georgia’s purge of its voter rolls in 2018 to the debate over mail-in ballots during the COVID-19 pandemic — speaks to just how powerful the vote remains in U.S. politics."
New York Times: "100 Years Later, These Activists Continue Their Ancestors’ Work" — "Black Lives Matter protesters violently cleared by federal forces from Lafayette Square this June were the latest Americans to bring their demand for justice to the doorstep of a sitting president."
PBS NewsHour: "100 years after women’s suffrage, work remains in achieving equality" — "This week it will be 100 years since the 19th Amendment was passed, giving women in America the hard-fought right to vote."
Smithsonian Magazine: "How the 19th Amendment Complicated the Status and Role of Women in Hawai’i" — "When the 19th Amendment was finally ratified on August 18, 1920, some women in Hawaiʻi wasted no time in submitting their names to fill seats in government."
This program aired on August 18, 2020.