Tuesday, August 26, 2008

celebrate women's equality day: 88th anniversary of the 19th amendment!

today is the 88th anniversary of the 19th amendment to the united states constitution. the text of the amendment is essentially one line, and it changed the course of american history:

"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."

and its ratification finally gave women the right to vote - in august of 1920!

originally "woman suffrage day," it's now know as "women's equality day" and celebrates the victory in the long struggle (which began in the summer of 1848) to secure the right to vote for women.

interestingly, tonight in denver, hillary clinton makes her prime-time speech to the democratic national convention.

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