Women Achieved The Right To Vote 97 years Ago Today

August 18, 2017

August 18, 2017 marks the 97th anniversary of the ratification of the 19th Amendment, a major democratic moment in U.S. history.

Women were finally able to legally vote in the United States. That's a nice way of saying the suffragists began their fight for human rights in earnest during the same years -- and in concert with -- the abolitionist movement. The movements split under political pressure and it took 50 more years of suffrage and violent struggle for women to force their personhood into the Constitution.

In the ultimate irony, the Supreme Court simply endowed corporations with human rights in 1886, 34 years before women acquired theirs. In the democracy we wish to live, corporations will be subservient to people, not the other way around. 

Help us build the campaign to legalize democracy!

We're closing in on our goal of 500,000 signatures on the Motion to Amend. We can reach that goal by the end of August if you will acquire just ten signatures on the petition, over the next two weeks

We owe much to the suffragists, the very embodiment of commitment and persistence. They never gave up, even as the next generation of women replaced the first. Nearly six decades of fervent struggle produced the desired outcome, women were finally legal persons. And they left behind a rich history from which modern feminists doing movement work can learn.

We don't have six decades to pass the We the People Amendment and begin building an authentic democracy. 

We have less than a decade to pass the We the People Amendment and begin work on ratification according to our strategic plan. More importantly, the overall lack of democracy in the U.S. has helped to create not one, but two catastrophes just waiting to happen: nuclear annihilation and devastating climate change.

Time really is short!

Both movements and democracy are built by being inclusive, and by each of us inviting the people in our orbits to the Motion to Amend petition.

In observing the achievements of the Suffragists today, which led to growing equality for many white women, it is important to note that women of color still have much to gain. As we move towards authentic participatory democracy, all people who identify as women will play a significant role this time around, as should all others whose voice has been silenced by the politics of division.

Powerful movements force human rights into law, not legislatures or courts.

In America today, it seems like an attempted unraveling of every civil rights gain since the Bill of Rights passed is underway. Even those rights are on shaky ground: your right to assemble, right to dissent, right to a fair trial, right to privacy, right to vote are all under attack. A massive, motivated, and mobilized movement is required to pass the We the People Amendment and to begin building the real democracy we very much need and deserve.