Letter to the Editor: Women should celebrate 100 years of right to vote

Please help us remind others that June 4 is a date for women across the U.S. to celebrate. One hundred years ago, on June 4, 1919, the U.S. Senate finally passed the 19th Amendment allowing women to vote and thus began the process of ratification needed by at least 36 states.

On June 4, of this year, the League of Women Voters of Kent County will begin to commemorate the 14-month trek of the states to ratify this amendment to the U.S. Constitution.

I would like to emphasize that the movement for women’s suffrage was not one of men against women, but a challenge to the philosophy that a woman’s place is in the home and not in “dirty” politics. This philosophy elicits a chuckle from most of us now in the 21st century. Yet, the opportunity for all to vote is still an issue in many places.

We invite women and men to join us in our efforts to continue the struggle for voter rights for all citizens. Look for the announcements of upcoming public events and activities celebrating the passage of suffrage.

Mary K Eggers, president

League of Women Voters
of Kent County

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