Wednesday, August 18, 2010


The right of citizens of the United States to vote shall not be denied or abridged by the United States or by any State on account of sex.
Congress shall have power to enforce this article by appropriate legislation.

Alice Paul and Lucy Burns
(National Archives)

Woman's Suffrage March Poster, 1913

Photographer: Harris & Ewing, Washington, D.C. 1917 From:Women of Protest: Photographs from the Records of the National Woman's Party, Manuscript Division, Library of Congress, Washington, D.C. 

90 Years

© Bright Nepenthe, 2010


  1. I'm reading some innerestink stuffs about some of the main suffragists, vis à vis Prohibition. A couple of them had - ahem - colorful views on why certain segments of the population were particularly susceptible to the effects of alcohol, and let's just say that their correspondence on the matter did not involve the terms "African-American," "Irish-American," "Lithuanian-American," etc.

    Very interesting history, though, the polygamous marriage Prohibition had with so many causes both good and evil.

  2. The polygamy issue and the early disenfranchisement of Utah women voters who had mistakenly been thought to be a group against polygamy is really fascinating. And Wyoming as the first state to give women the vote and hold public office? Awesome.

    How many people on this blog know that Switzerland didn't grant women the right to vote until 1971 and that it wasn't enforced in all Cantons until 1990? And that Lichtenstein didn't until 1984!!!!

  3. There's still no voting for women in Vatican City. I know. You're shocked.

    Kuwait was 2005. Oman, 2003. UAE, 2006.

    The Switzerland date is the most jaw-dropping to moi.

  4. Historically, the Christianity-and especially the Catholic church- has promoted misogyny since, oh, 1 AD...