By Amoni Lewis and Marche Boggess
This year marks the 100th anniversary of women’s suffrage in the United States. The amendment was passed by Congress on June 4, 1919, and ratified two months later, granting women the right to vote. The ratification of the amendment changed the course of the United States by showing women they are just as equal as men. The fight to win women’s right to vote was a long battle, consisting of campaigns, movements, and protests. The women that fought for equal rights left an impact in American history and are still remembered today.
Some of the most famous women’s suffrage leaders include Susan B. Anthony, Elizabeth Cady Stanton, and Lucretia Mott. The determination and fearlessness of these women paved the way for women to exercise their basic rights, including the right to vote. They quickly became the faces of the Women’s Suffrage Movement.
“It is important to look back at trailblazers like Susan B. Anthony and recognizing all the hardships they went through,” said LU student Nicolle Singh. “It’s important to look at other places we can improve equality and make sure that everyone in society and around the world get to enjoy the same freedoms that we do.”
According to cawp.rutgers.edu, women voted in higher numbers than men in every election since 1964. In the 2016 election, over nine million more women voted than men.
“I think voting is the single most important thing we can do to register our preferences or displeasure with the government,” said Dr. Amy Gossett, a long time political science professor at LU. “If we don’t vote, or if we don’t turn out to vote, it sends signal to the government that we don’t care and that they can do whatever they want.”
Voting is important not only for women, but for American citizens. Voting symbolizes opinion and choice. We vote so our opinions can be recognized, and we choose who we feel best represents us.
“I am planning to vote, because it is something that I hold in high esteem because it’s something that we didn’t have before,” said LU student Charity Ajuzie. “I’m exercising my right to speak.”
In conclusion, it has been 10 decades since women were granted the right to vote in the United States. After many campaigns, movements, rallies, and protests women finally received the approval to exercise their basic rights. Today, we remember the courageous women who fought for the right to vote.