Commemorating 100 Years of Women’s Suffrage

Today marks 100 years since the adoption of the 19th Amendment that granted white women the right to vote. As we mark this important milestone, honor the work that followed, and consider what remains to be done, we’re reflecting on our favorite suffrage quotes from our founder Barbara Lee:

  •  The 19th Amendment was at first, effectively and unfortunately, suffrage for white women only. It took another 50 years or so for Black women to be able to vote. Voter suppression continues today. And Congress and the White House are still the old boys’ club. For now.
  • 100 years after the 19th Amendment, we still have much more work to do. Voter suppression has not gone away, the tactics have just evolved. Women and people of color are still vastly underrepresented in positions of political leadership.
  • We have much more work to do to build a fully inclusive and intersectional women’s movement. And white women in particular must continue to listen and learn from those who have been left out and left behind.
  • Let’s keep it up! Marching, running, voting, and making our voices heard. So that one hundred years from now, future generations will look back in awe of all that we stood for and know that they too can meet the challenges of their time.
  • Change can be slow, but breakthroughs can happen at any moment.
  • I have always believed that we need to learn about history in order to make history.
  • When girls and young women see women recognized as leaders and heroes, they believe they, too, can become leaders and heroes.

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