Women celebrated 91 years of voting on Aug. 26, which marks the 91st anniversary of the passage of the 19th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution granting the right to vote to all American women.
The Jefferson County League of Women Voters marked this occasion by remembering the horrific struggles of our grandmothers and great-grandmothers. In their honor, many members of the Jeffco League watched a rerun of “Iron-Jawed Angels,” a movie that tells the story of the trials and triumph of the suffragettes. We toasted Susan B. Anthony, Elizabeth Cady Stanton, Lucretia Mott and Alice Paul, who organized rallies, picketed the White House, demonstrated and protested. We said a prayer of thanks to those who were jailed, separated from their families, endured devastating hunger strikes and were forcibly fed because they believed women should have the same right as their male counterparts to vote. And we rededicated ourselves to the mission of the league.
The League of Women Voters was first organized the same year that the 19th Amendment became law.The goal then was to educate newly enfranchised women about the issues of their day. Today we continue to educate our members (both men and women) and the public and to advocate around those issues that matter to our generation. This fall the Jeffco league will be studying issues like the role of the federal government in education and how our county commissioners prioritize funding; we’ll also sponsor school board candidate forums and co-sponsor the Lakewood City Council candidate forum to be televised on Channel 8 later this fall.
We invite you to celebrate the achievements of our foremothers with us and to join us in the important work we’re doing today. Visit www.lwvjeffco.org, e-mail us at firstname.lastname@example.org, or call our office at 303-238-0032 to learn more today.
Sue Vaughan and Ann Roux are co-presidents of the Jefferson County League of Women Voters for the 2011-12 year.