Today on August 18, 1920, as I am sitting in the breakfast shop, I hear cheering and celebration outside as I take a sip of my coffee. I walk outside and hear “Yay, we finally got it!” Looking at the woman next to me, celebrating along with the crowd, I inquire of her what are they celebrating and cheering for? She replies, “They finally gave us the right to vote!” I could not believe it; they finally passed it.
After years of trying to convince President Woodrow Wilson that us women also deserved the right to vote, it finally came to pass! After so many protests and so much hate, we achieved the one thing we have been wanting. I rush home to listen to the radio. I get home, and I hear President Wilson giving his speech. “Today on August 18, 1920, the Constitution was ratified with the 19th Amendment giving women the right to vote. They have been fighting and they deserve the right to vote. Congratulations!”, said President Wilson.
For so many years, we have been questioning why men did not feel women should not be given the right to vote. Surprisingly, though, we were not only fighting our male counterparts, but we were also going to war with our female counterparts. More and more groups are being formed due to our suffrage movement. Some of those groups, though, include the women of the National Association Opposed to Woman Suffrage (NAOWS). A political movement called “Anti-suffragism,” who believe that women should not have the right to vote.
One of the major concerns for the anti-suffrage group was that women would neglect their primary responsibilities of motherhood. They think that we are too busy and consumed with domestic life to keep up with politics. Their concerns are valid, but they don’t realize the damage they are causing is holding us back. Not allowing women to have the right to vote, means that women have little to no influence on the constitution of the United States. Not having a voice is why women’s wages will always be compromised, even for hundreds of years to come.
We won’t stand for it, though, we will be radical in enough to have our voices heard. We will participate in hunger strikes and any other forms of protests to get the attention of Congress. The votes of women would influence laws and legislation related to women. Laws that would normally take years to amend or pass would move through Congress and local governments quickly. Girls have historically graduated at a higher rate than boys. It goes without saying that more female voters would mean more educated voters. Women can come together as leaders and become a force to be reckoned with. Giving women the right to vote will move this country closer to actual democratic practices.
In conclusion, I would like to continue to encourage women of all backgrounds, rich, poor, educated, uneducated, black, white from the north to the south to come together to fight for our rights. We deserve to be recognized as citizens of this great nation, as contributing members of the nation’s democracy. Our organizing and campaigning has not been in vain. We have changed the way this country views women. We have changed the political process for women. Who knows maybe one day we will have a female President. Anything is possible.