The Female Vote: It Was 89 Years Ago Today

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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."

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Congress Approves Nineteenth Amendment [Library of Congress]

Seneca Falls Convention [National Portrait Gallery]

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@BloggyMcBlogBlog: I was JUST thinking about that one...

When it comes to women's suffrage, I think of my great-great-Aunt Mary, who is 101 years young as of last Tuesday. I just think back and realize that she can REMEMBER all these incredible changes— when she was born, women couldn't vote, and now she saw the campaign of a woman who very reasonably and possibly could have been president. (Then again, that broad is so old she can also remember where she was when the archduke Ferdinand was shot.)