Monday, July 6, 2020

Another Huge Anniversary

Coming up very soon in August will be the 100th anniversary of the ratification of the 19th amendment to the constitution known as the right to vote for American women. To put the whole struggle into perspective, the movement started all the way back in 1848 and the campaign was not easy.
Vintage Flapper" Cross dresser
Disagreements over strategy threatened to cripple the movement more than once, I can imagine! I was watching the History Channel and they were running a promo for the anniversary which said one rally drew 5000 women and 100,000 men. I can imagine the turmoil which the whole subject may have caused in my household. I am seventy years old and my Dad's mother was plenty old enough to be involved in the process. My family was very patriarchal dominated so I wonder what my Grand-dad thought too. Of course I will never find out. My parents would have been too young to experience much of the 20's and they have been deceased now for years.

I'm sure if times were equal, not all women back in the day probably agreed on acquiring the right to vote anyhow. It's like today when you would think no self respecting woman would support "Benedict Donald" and even more so a transgender woman. I won't go into why, because this didn't set out to be a political post. Plus, transgender women are notorious for not agreeing on anything.  

It's hard for me to believe I am but two generations away from women taking the right to vote. Just think, five years ago when I changed my gender markers to female I was busy appreciating the move. What I should have been doing was remembering all the women who came before me who did all the work! 

It's something for me to remember as we approach the anniversary.

2 comments:

  1. The day after I my court hearing to have my name changed, I went to the DMV for my driver license change, and then I immediately applied for a new voter registration under my new name. The voter card actually arrived in the mail a few days before my new license, and I think I was more excited by being a woman voter than a woman driver - not that my vote became any different because of it (nor did my driving change, as a new woman driver). It just felt more legitimate to have the voice of my authentic self be acknowledged by my government, even if only by my one single vote. Being a woman was what I always wanted to be, since childhood; being an empowered woman is so much more than what I had dreamed.

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  2. There you are! I was about to get worried. :)

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