Friday, November 2, 2012

Today is...the Anniversary of the 1920 election

Today is the anniversary of Charlotte Woodward voting in the general election of 1920—the only woman who attended the 1848 Seneca Falls Women’s Rights Convention who lived long enough to exercise her right to vote under the 19th amendment.

The Seneca Falls Convention, held July 19-20, 184, was the first women's rights convention in the United States.

It was organized by Lucretia Mott, a Quaker. Elizabeth Cady Stanton was the only non-Quaker to help organize the meeting.

The Seneca Falls Convention had approximately 300 attendees, with 100 signing the Declaration of Sentiments, which was for the "grand basis for attaining the civil, social, political, and religious rights of women".

The one point that was argued the most was the inclusion of the insistence of women's right to vote, with many including Mott wanting to remove the concept from the Declaration. Frederick Douglass convinced them to keep that part in.

The 19th Amendment was ratified on August 18, 1920.

The 19th Amendment was first drafted in 1878 by Susan B. Anthony and Elizabeth Cady Stanton; it was finally submitted by Congredd in 1919.

Wisconsin, Illionis, and Michigan were the first states to ratify the 19th Amendment, on June 10, 1919. It needed ratification by 36 states to become an amendment.  Tennessee was the 36th ratifier. All other states eventually ratified, though Mississippi was last, finally ratifying on March 22, 1984.

Charlotte Woodward was the only woman who signed the Declaration of Sentiments who lived to see women be able to vote.

Are you going to exercise your right to vote?

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