Tomorrow is the Election Day! Do you know how long women fought for the right to vote?
The Voice that Won the Vote by Elisa Boxer (@boxerelisa) gave me an answer to this question. It took about 75 years for women to gain the right to vote. American women could vote since 1920. Since women got married and had kids early in those days, it would be right to say three generations of women fought for women’s suffrage.
The next question is what made society grant women the right to vote ? Why only 75 years why didn’t the struggle get extended to 175 years? We have to thank Febb Burn for that. Febb Burn was the mother of Harry Burn, a Republican member of Tennessee. It was his vote on the 19th Amendment that tipped the scales and passed it so that women could vote. Harry’s mother Febb Burn wrote him a letter urging him to “Vote for suffrage and don’t forget to be a good boy.” He was a good boy indeed. Even though he feared repercussions from his party and society for his decision and voted for women’s suffrage.
Sometimes, as women we take our rights for granted. The right for education, for economic independence and healthcare. But we have to remember that when it comes to women it takes at least 3 generations to bring constructive change. Don’t take your rights for granted, fight for them, protect them and continue to take action. Vote!