Celebrating the 90th Anniversary of U.S. Women's Right to Vote

Posted by Katie Speckart
August 26, 2010
Women March in Rally Supporting Right for Women To Vote

About the Author: Kathryn Speckart serves as Collections Manager for the U.S. Diplomacy Center.

What did the U.S. Secretary of State have to do with U.S. women winning the right to vote in 1920?

The Secretary of State is concerned with foreign affairs, not U.S. domestic duties, right? Actually, the Department of State, and therefore the Secretary of State, used to handle many domestic duties, including the ratification of Constitutional amendments. Back in 1920, U.S. Secretary of State Bainbridge Colby presided over the ratification of the 19th amendment to the U.S. Constitution granting women the right to vote. By 1950, many of the domestic duties performed by the Department of State were transferred to other federal agencies, though some domestic duties were retained, such as the custody and operation of the Great Seal.

August 26, 2010 is "Equality Day" -- the 90th anniversary of U.S. women gaining the right to vote.

The Department of State supports free and fair elections and suffrage rights worldwide. U.S. diplomats often observe local elections in their host countries and report their observations to the State Department in Washington, DC. U.S. diplomats are especially interested in advancing universal suffrage -- including women's right to vote and to run for office. The Office of Global Women's Issues, the Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights, and Labor, and offices within the U.S. Agency for International Development, among many others, are active in the promotion of women's role in the political realm, in the achievement of good governance, and in civil society.

This is exactly what the U.S. suffragettes were fighting for in the 19th and early 20th centuries -- the “pivotal right” to vote and participate more fully in public life.



United States
August 27, 2010

O.C. in U.S.A. writes:

Mary Poppins soundtrack lyrics -- Sister Suffragette

Mrs. Banks:
We're clearly soldiers in petticoats
And dauntless crusaders for woman's votes
Though we adore men individually
We agree that as a group they're rather stupid!

Cast off the shackles of yesterday!
Shoulder to shoulder into the fray!
Our daughters' daughters will adore us
And they'll sign in grateful chorus
"Well done, Sister Suffragette!"

From Kensington to Billingsgate
One hears the restless cries!
From ev'ry corner of the land:
"Womankind, arise!"
Political equality and equal rights with men!
Take heart! For Missus Pankhurst has been clapped in irons again!

No more the meek and mild subservients we!
We're fighting for our rights, militantly!
Never you fear!

So, cast off the shackles of yesterday!
Shoulder to shoulder into the fray!
Our daughters' daughters will adore us
And they'll sign in grateful chorus
"Well done! Well done!
Well done Sister Suffragette!"

New Mexico, USA
August 27, 2010

Eric in New Mexico writes:

@ Kathryn,

Folks sure knew how to protest back in the day...wave the flag, done your Sunday best and bring the kids,...sure puts perspective on G8 protests, tea partiers, and ground zero mosque protesters.

I wonder what these ladies would think about how folks are going about trying to change society today?

Let alone what they helped create as a more perfect union.

Simona M.
District Of Columbia, USA
August 27, 2010

Simona M. in Serbia writes:

Offcourse with my strong support women's general right and let's celebrating the 90th anniversary of U.S.(women's right to vote+19th amandment).By Your side always&forever;!!!

South Korea
August 28, 2010

Palgye in South Korea writes:


woman`s right?
in samsung? and "www.joins.com"?

My periods stopped from joining three years, "he's my period it would not. 'Why are you so' Yes, please Saying that 'Mom, I did not have periods in our company is not disease. Most girls do.

'Do not do that. Sore go the hospital for a while, okay. One day he came home, his face scarlet, then I'm full of stuff. So, 'what are you make your' asked CRT screen, LCD wants to create. Is it because the electromagnetic bodago we think, 'Well, stop hurting, helping the restaurant go to knock mom' did. "

If you desire to work 2 years left the company continues to work today because the economy is difficult to see problems I do not think he can get away with. However, if the victim and her colleagues, but they paid more than workers in harsh environments, the more I think that. I, however, an employer receives money away from people and do what you say?

Women learn less Cause we're low social status it from being the target of a lack of interest, but, yes, and ability to ignore, and a rich girl is only interested in having the wrong idea. They are poor people with no money, the ability for people to use A star called a little money and attention from the start I think.


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