Thursday, October 20, 2022

Stories from Suffragette City

Horses, carriages and marching on foot. In 1915 women banded together all wearing white, carrying banners and signs, demanding equality. The parade was the largest and most famous suffrage movement at that time. It appeared triumphant but these short stories written by some of our most favorite authors reveal a variety of narratives ranging from struggling new immigrants, the poorest of children in the Berkshire Mountains and well heeled society ladies joining the march against the wishes of their powerful husbands. Each individual story culminates on this very special day when against all odds these tenacious, hard working women refused to give up. Mini Lesson: On October 23, 1915 over 25,000 women marched down New York City’s Fifth Avenue to fight for women’s suffrage. This fight which had begun over 65 years earlier would not come to fruition until the passing of the 19th Amendment in 1920, granting women the right to vote across the entire country. Although this amendment declares no one can be denied this right based on sex, many state laws deliberately restricted the black vote. It wasn’t until the Voting Rights Act of 1965 that all women could freely vote. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

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