Women's Equality Day

Katheryne Helendale

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I wasn't sure exactly where to put this, as I didn't feel it belonged in a "Who Cares" thread, because this is important.

Today is Women's Equality Day in the US, though you won't hear much of it in the media. Today is the 99th Anniversary of the certification and signing of the 19th Amendment giving women in the US the right to vote. It was an amendment which almost didn't happen, as it took about a year since its passage through Congress to be ratified. The amendment required the approval of at least 3/4ths of the 48 states to be ratified, and 12 states had declined it. It all hung on one state: Tennessee. And Tennessee's legislature was gridlocked. It took the vote of one Rep. Harry T. Burn, who had originally planned to reject it, to break the gridlock, and the amendment received the number of states it needed to be ratified.

It is especially important today to observe this milestone because now, more than ever before, women's rights in the US are under threat by a far-right GOP who would like nothing better than for us to return to the kitchen, barefoot and pregnant, whose only role in life is to keep quiet and please our men. We cannot let the government revert back to those days. We have come so far, but we still have a ways to go before there is true women's equality.