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Women's Equality Day -- A Union Demand

Carol Joyner | Posted 09.01.2015 | Women
Carol Joyner

Can people do well without belonging to a union? Sure. But it was near impossible before the rise of unions in the 1930s and it has been harder since the decline of unions in the '70s. A significant percentage of the population has been economically disadvantaged without unions.

Quick! What's Happening August 26, Really?

Gloria Feldt | Posted 08.26.2015 | Women
Gloria Feldt

If you said "Women's Equality Day," you'd be right. And if you said it's the 95th anniversary of the date in 1920 when women's right to vote officially entered the U.S. Constitution, you'd be spot on.

Expanding Democracy by Amending the Constitution

Layne Amerikaner | Posted 08.26.2015 | Politics
Layne Amerikaner

Ninety-five years ago today, we added an amendment to the U.S. Constitution saying that women have a right to vote in our elections. While today women's suffrage seems like a no-brainer to everyone -- except maybe Ann Coulter -- it was not an inevitability that simply fell into place.

The Fight for Equality and Voting Rights Continue: 95 Years after the 19th Amendment

Elisabeth MacNamara | Posted 08.21.2015 | Politics
Elisabeth MacNamara

Ninety-five years ago, after tireless work by generations of advocates, the 19th Amendment, finally, became the law of the land guaranteeing the right to vote for women. One hundred years ago, the success of the 19th Amendment did not seem so inevitable.

Why Protest Someone Who Agrees With You? Here's Why.

Matt Baume | Posted 08.13.2015 | Gay Voices
Matt Baume

If you're a member of any group that's been shut out, pushed aside, forgotten or made fun of, you'll never change anything by following the rules. The rules are what marginalized you in the first place. You've got to break a few of them if you want to make history.

5 Things You May Not Know About the Seneca Falls Convention

Rebecca Price | Posted 07.21.2015 | Women
Rebecca Price

Notable reformers were present, such as Frederick Douglas. It launched the national career of Elizabeth Cady Stanton. And it set into motion events and relationships that would forever change American society. Here are five things you may not know about the convention.

The Greatest American Heroine You've Never Heard of: Why Florence Kelley Should Be the Woman on the Next $10 Bill

Sally Greenberg | Posted 07.07.2015 | Women
Sally Greenberg

One of the National Consumers League's founders, Florence Kelley, was a champion for equal rights and consumer protections who fought her whole life for democracy and would be an ideal candidate - a true unsung female American hero.

7 Things America's First Female Presidential Candidate Can Teach You

Nicole Evelina | Posted 06.22.2015 | Women
Nicole Evelina

Nope, Hillary wasn't the first. Before her there was Victoria C. Woodhull. I hear you asking, "Victoria who?" Most people haven't ever heard of this 19th century female suffrage icon, but she was a revolutionary woman before her time. Here are seven things she can teach us about being strong, modern women.

Susan B. Anthony Isn't Happy About What Women Are Focused On These Days

The Huffington Post | Andy McDonald | Posted 03.11.2015 | Comedy

No, the B doesn't stand for "bangs."

102 Years Ago, Alice Paul Led Another Voting Rights March That Led to Women's Suffrage

Peter Dreier | Posted 05.02.2015 | Politics
Peter Dreier

Paul's critics called her a fanatic. Her loyal followers considered her a self-sacrificing heroine who inspired women to take risks for the cause. She was a charismatic figure who not only had incredible leadership skills, but also was a gifted administrator, a rare combination.

Women's History Inspires an Invincible Attitude

Joan Wages | Posted 04.22.2015 | Women
Joan Wages

The fact is, Susan B. Anthony was a remarkable woman, and as February 15th was her birthday, it seems a good time to honor her lifetime of advocating for women's rights by sharing a bit about her in this week's post.

The Streets Belong to the People

Louise Bernikow | Posted 02.08.2015 | New York
Louise Bernikow

"The Streets Belong to the People," said New York Suffragists in 1912. Their names are not engraved in the historical records, but Mrs. Lillian S. Griffin and Mrs. H.A. Saunders are worth remembering as protestors flood the streets of our cities right now.

What Happened Along The Way To 100 Women In Congress

The Huffington Post | Kira Brekke | Posted 11.06.2014 | Women

Tuesday's midterm elections resulted in multiple wins for female candidates -- there are now 100 women in Congress for the first time ever -- and a ne...

Best Use Ever For Your 'I Voted Today' Sticker

Caurie Putnam | Posted 01.06.2015 | Women
Caurie Putnam

McPike regularly brings flowers to Anthony's headstone after she votes. Others bring their "I Voted Today" stickers and place them on the headstone as a symbol of respect and gratitude.

The Minimum Wage Shows Why (and How) We Should Vote Today

Anthony W. Orlando | Posted 01.04.2015 | Politics
Anthony W. Orlando

In this age of do-nothing politics, it's easy to despair, but we must remember the intent behind the design. The same founding fathers who created a federal system that resists radical change also created a state system that encourages experimentation.

The Best Way to Celebrate Women's Equality Day? Register to Vote!

Elisabeth MacNamara | Posted 10.25.2014 | Women
Elisabeth MacNamara

This week as we celebrate Women's Equality Day, we reflect on the brave suffragists who helped secure the passage of the 19th Amendment, which granted...

A Grandmother on 'Uppity Women', Universal Suffrage and Protecting the Vote

Margaret Sullivan | Posted 10.19.2014 | Politics
Margaret Sullivan

Ninety-four years ago, August 18, 1920, Tennessee, the last state required to approve it, ratified the 19th amendment to the Constitution. In that moment, due to an "uppity" woman who raised a thoughtful son, American women gained the right to vote.

You Can Thank Susan B. Anthony For Your Fulfilling Sex Life

The Huffington Post | William Goodman | Posted 06.17.2014 | Women

In her spoken word poem "Suffragette 69" posted by Button Poetry and performed at Macalester College during the 2014 College Unions Poetry Slam Invita...

The Radical Feminist Roots Of Mother's Day

The Huffington Post | Antonia Blumberg | Posted 05.08.2014 | Religion

The only thing better than the sweet and sentimental Mother's Day is its radical feminist history steeped in religious values. The American incarna...

A Founding Mother on Women's History Month

Nancy Rubin Stuart | Posted 05.18.2014 | Women
Nancy Rubin Stuart

Perhaps it's no coincidence that the month of March, named after Mars, the Roman god of war, is widely recognized as Women's History Month. While women are rarely battle-hungry, the war between the sexes has continued to transcend time, technology and tastes for generations.

Lessons Learned From a Female Pioneer

Donna Randall | Posted 05.12.2014 | Education
Donna Randall

As we celebrate Women's History Month in March, events are planned on campuses across the nation to reflect on the achievements of women. Most importa...

On the League's 94th Anniversary, Continuing to Protect the Vote

Elisabeth MacNamara | Posted 04.13.2014 | Politics
Elisabeth MacNamara

Today's barriers to the ballot might look different than they did when the League was founded 94 years ago, but they remain threats to our democracy all the same.

Entitled to Break the Glass Ceiling

Megan Beyer | Posted 03.01.2014 | Women
Megan Beyer

While some disparage this generation for being "entitled," I see it another way. They are the first generation of American women who believe they have a legitimate claim to the whole array of opportunities society and the economy offer. Entitled? You bet.

10 Ways the League of Women Voters Is Making Democracy Work in 2013

Elisabeth MacNamara | Posted 02.11.2014 | Impact
Elisabeth MacNamara

In 1920, suffragist Carrie Chapman Catt founded the League of Women Voters to democratize the vote. Since then, League members across the country have worked tirelessly to strengthen our democracy and ensure equality for all.

This #GivingTuesday, Help Strengthen Our Country and Democracy

Elisabeth MacNamara | Posted 01.25.2014 | Impact
Elisabeth MacNamara

In celebration of #GivingTuesday, we've been sharing a look at just some of what the League has done to increase political participation and strengthen our democracy -- and our country -- in 2013.