With the election year in full swing, it is hard to ignore the fact that women play a large role in choosing the next president. Statistically, the percentage difference between men and women is 3%, with women voting more than men. It may seem like a very small percentage, but that amount could decide an election.
Women have only been voting for 92 years, as opposed to 223 years for men voters. The fight for a woman’s right to vote began in the late 1800’s after the right to vote was given to black men in the Fifth Amendment to the United States Constitution. The NWSA (National Woman Suffrage Association) and the AWSA (American Woman Suffrage Association) were two organizations divided in opinion of this amendment. Susan B. Anthony disputed the amendment because it continued to include men but not women, versus Julia Ward Howe who believed that it was just another stepping stone to a woman’s inevitable role in our government. Eventually, the NWSA and the AWSA merged together to work effectively in making the right to vote, property rights and the focus on women’s suffrage on a state level a top priority.
August 18th 1920, 5 years after a suffrage bill was presented to the House of Representatives, Tennessee was the last state to ratify the Nineteenth Amendment to make it a bona fide law throughout the United States.
Since the passing of the Nineteenth Amendment, women have helped to decide, not only presidents, governors and other members of the government, but our place in war, foreign affairs, marriage rights, job creation, our environment and local and widespread laws to protect all people.
“There never will be complete equality until women themselves help to make laws and elect lawmakers.”
—Susan B. Anthony