My lovely grandmother, Grace, turned 89 years old last month. Also turning 89 this summer: women’s suffrage. Her birthday is next Wednesday:
And so, on Aug. 26, 1920, the Nineteenth Amendment to the United States Constitution became law and women could vote in that fall’s elections. The House of Representatives, in a 304 to 90 vote, passed a proposed Amendment to the Constitution, which stated simply: “The right of citizens of the United States to vote shall not be denied or abridged by the United States or by any States on account of sex. The Congress shall have the power by appropriate legislation to enforce the provisions of this article.”
Is it so wrong that my immediate thought is not “look how far we’ve come,” but rather “I can get a really easy blog post out of this in 11 years”? Hey. Why wait 11 years!