All month we have commemorated the 100th anniversary of the 19th Amendment, and on this day, Women’s Equality Day, we celebrate the women who made it possible.
Women like Josephine St. Pierre Ruffin, an African American civil rights advocate and suffragist. “If laws are unjust, they must be continually broken until they are altered,” she wrote in Woman’s Era, the first newspaper published by and for African American women.
I think about the brave women who broke the law, who protested to make their voices heard and risked their safety to cast a ballot. I think about Lucretia Mott and Lucy Stone, abolitionists and advocates for women’s rights who never lived to see the fruits of their labor.
Today, we continue their fight.
One hundred years since the 19th Amendment was certified, women are not equal. We do not have equal pay in the workplace, and we are not equally represented in government – not yet. But in the next century, we can change that with our voices AND our votes.
As women, we know we’ve achieved a lot in the past century, but we still have a long way to go to achieve true equality.
If you want to honor Women’s Equality Day, commit to this fight. Celebrate the women who fought for our right to vote by making sure you exercise it. But don’t stop there.
Organize your friends and families. Make sure they have a voting plan this fall. If you can, consider signing up to be a poll worker. The suffrage leaders worked through a pandemic to win us this right. A century later, we work through a pandemic to exercise it. Celebrate them in this 100th year and in every election.