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Remember women’s battle to win voting rights

May 14, 2010
Shepherdstown Chronicle

As we go to the polls this week, we should bear in mind what millions of brave, motivated women did to get the right to vote exactly 90 years ago, and more than 100 years after our "democracy" was created.

As Carrie Chapman Catt wrote:

"To get the word 'male' in effect out of the Constitution cost the women of the country fifty-two years of pauseless campaign During that time they were forced to conduct fifty-six campaigns of referenda to male voters; 480 campaigns to urge Legislatures to submit suffrage amendments to voters; 47 campaigns to induce State constitutional conventions to write woman suffrage into State constitutions; 277 campaigns to persuade State party conventions to include woman suffrage planks; 30 campaigns to urge presidential party conventions to adopt woman suffrage planks in party platforms, and 19 campaigns with 19 successive Congresses."

Today's political bloggers and activists should remember that only the truest causes eventually survive.

Carolyn Snyder

Martinsburg

 
 

 

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