Saturday, April 26, 2014

Well, finally! the Letter W

What would you do with it?  White Whale, Withering Wisteria, Wildly Waltzing ...?
The Letter W:

The 19th Amendment: Woman's Right to Vote
Passed on August 18, 1920


Source: The House Republicans
This amendment came from struggles begun in the early 1800s, with Susan B. Anthony, Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Lucretia More, to name a few.

It was a 70 year struggle for equality.

Many Western states had already assigned the right to vote to the women of the states, starting with Wyoming in 1869. (Makes sense doesn't it?)  

It got mean to the point of brutality in Washington, D.C. where women picketed the White House, the first time this had ever happened. 

Women were arrested, per the order of Pres. Woodrow Wilson.  

If you watched the entire 5 minute video, you know it was brutal, with discrimination and violence.  It got nasty, very nasty.  
30,000 women marched for 4+ hours: Wikipedia

The big "Why?" lingers in my brain.  Some things do not make plain sense.
What do you think? 

20 comments:

  1. Forced feedings - that just sounds horrible.
    Never understood why it took so long to allow women to vote.

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  2. It wasn't until 1929 (my mothers lifetime) that women were accepted as 'persons' under the BNA ACt and so entitled to the same rights as men. For some reason I have been very conscious of this from my teens when I found out about it. If I have rights I have responsibilities and one of my responsibilities is to all those women who fought so hard to be considered a human being and to have the right to participate in all areas of the government of this country. I'll make it to that polling station if I have to crawl on my hands and knees. Thank you ladies....each and every one of you.

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  3. I read about the horrific brutality these women suffered when they were jailed. It's beyond the pale, sometimes I just can't understand men. Why are they so insecure?!

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  4. I forgot to mention that I love your A to Z. It is serious, informative, well presented ~ well, just great. I have learned a lot.

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    1. I am so glad you stop by, Inger! Your insights to the desert, to your life in Sweden, and in the 1960s have given me perspectives of another time and country. Thank you!

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  5. Womens' suffer-age, indeed! The danger, of course, is in taking all these victories for granted. They can so easily be overlooked or over-run.

    blessings and Bear hugs!

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  6. Beatings, rotten food, force fed, I suspect the Wilson administration was afraid to change the status quo but in the end pure logic succeeded.

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  7. Yeah don't know what the big deal was about allowing women to vote, pompous arse men I guess

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  8. Changing the order of things is never easy. We have only to remember fire hoses in Birmingham. Of course those upstart women must be crushed. I cannot see an end.

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  9. Re:"The big 'Why?'" Denying citizens political authority commensurate with their responsibilities insures the wealth and power of a society's cruelest elements and is a characteristic of oligarchy, not democracy. Weeding force and coercion out of government takes constant maintenance and generations raised to a better idea.

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  10. It is incomprehensible that it took so long (wicked even). And there are some issues facing us now that I hope will also come under the Why did it take so long banner.

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  11. Interesting entry for the A to Z. Looking forward to reading more.

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  12. We've come a long way, baby. Or so the saying goes.

    Anything wrought with violence like that is senseless to me. I've never understood it, and I don't have the heart to watch it. But I've seen it before.

    You guys are all rocking this A-Z thing, I'm impressed!

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  13. Why? Because men want to rule the world. They're afraid that if women get the power all meetings will be discussed logically over cups of tea and sandwiches. There will be no more testosterone fuelled beating of chests and marking out their territory. They fear they will be emasculated. They cannot conceive of dual leadership where women and men rule together. Goes back to the stone age days when the little woman knew her place. In the cave with the babies and cooking fires.

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  14. Time moves forward and attitudes and thinking must follow lest we all suffer from the dumbing down of society. We all have our place within the world, and none should ever be denied such a right.

    Sadly the world isn't perfect, but it is a work in progress carried out by the few.

    Thank you for stopping by the open hearth - good luck with the remainder of the A-Z ;0)

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  15. Ugh. I have a sudden distaste for President Woodrow Wilson.

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  16. Hi Susan,

    I could never comprehend why women couldn't vote along with men from the outset. If the government in Britain get its way, they'd ban anybody who spoke out against to be allowed to vote. Man or woman.

    Enjoy your Sunday, Susan.

    Gary

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  17. It's all about control, and that's how it's been and will continue to be. Sure, we have freedoms now, but all one has to do is take a look at the work force, the CEOs position, the pay grade difference, number of women in politics. Disgusting. Sure, it's up to us to make it happen as well, but history is not on our side and as such the battle continues to be an uphill one. The only choice we have is to continue pushing, and to educate the young boys/men properly.

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  18. Profound social change is always like that - what seems likely common sense generations later was terrifying to those at the time who benefited from the status quo.

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  19. Women in society is a very interesting topic. I never understood why anyone would have a role. I think every individual has a strength and that needs to be brought out.

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Go ahead...it won' t hurt...I'd love to hear what you think!