Celebrating Women's History Month: Women's Suffrage
March is Women's History Month, and we'll be honoring key moments in women's history all month long.
Many of the gains for women's equality can be traced back to the women's suffrage movement. Putting power in the hands of women and bringing them into the core conversation about who represents their interests in the halls of power began a process of expanding rights for women that continues to this day. It's for that reason that voting is central to NARAL Pro-Choice America's mission of mobilizing "a constituency that uses the political process" to protect our rights and expand access to basic reproductive-health care.
But winning the right to vote was a struggle that lasted decades. Leaders like Susan B. Anthony, Elizabeth Cady Stanton, and Alice Paul organized demonstrations and protests to make their voices heard and gain the right to vote.
Much of their work culminated 100 years ago on March 3, 1913, when women and men came from far and wide to join the Women's Suffrage Parade on Washington, D.C., and mark their support for a woman's right to vote.
Their hard work and dedication paid off when Congress passed the 19th amendment in August of 1920 ensuring that women had the constitutional right to vote in this country. And women continue to exercise that right to hold our lawmakers accountable for their actions.
Last year, for example, women went to the polls to voice their pro-choice values and vote out of office anti-choice, anti-woman politicians who were trying to interfere in our private health-care choices. Some politicians clearly didn't even understand basic biology!
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Even with all that's been accomplished, women across the country still must band together to protect the rights of freedom and privacy. And you can bet you'll see us at the front lines!