The Female Vote: It Was 89 Years Ago Today

Whatever the outcome of the 2008 election, we can all still honor the fact that we are allowed to vote in the first place! On June 4th, 1919, Congress approved the women's suffrage amendment, and sent it to the states for ratification. Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Susan B. Anthony had been working explicitly since 1869 to get the amendment passed, when they formed their National Woman Suffrage Association. The kernel of what would become the suffrage movement arguably started back in 1848, when Stanton and others held forth at the famed Seneca Falls convention. Stanton drafted eleven resolutions at Seneca Falls, the ninth of which, "held forth the radical assertion that it was the duty of women to secure for themselves the right to vote." In honor of Elizabeth Cady Stanton, Susan B. Anthony and all the other females (and feminist males!) who fought for the Nineteenth Amendment, I have posted the Distillers' song "Seneca Falls" after the jump. Nothing gets you quite in the proto-feminist honoring spirit like listening to an awesomely growly Brody Dalle sing, "Elizabeth Cady/ Forever reminding me/I don't steal the air I breathe."

The Female Vote: It Was 89 Years Ago Today

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Congress Approves Nineteenth Amendment [Library of Congress]

Seneca Falls Convention [National Portrait Gallery]