Elizabeth Cady Stanton. Lucretia Mott. Susan B. Anthony. Carrie Chapman Catt.
On any given day of the year these names may or may not be recognized by the average American, and are definitely not talked about enough.
But on August 26th — Women’s Equality Day — these names seem to hold such a deeper and more powerful meaning.
Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Lucretia Mott were pivotal in making the Seneca Falls Convention possible, Susan B. Anthony led the National American Woman Suffrage Association, and Carrie Chapman Catt came up with the “winning plan” to pass the 19th Amendment.
These names, along with many others, are the reason why women in 2019 have the right and privilege to contribute to our democracy help make change happen.
These names are the reason why women in America today can vote.
Women’s Equality Day is a day to celebrate women past, present and future that did and currently are progressing the status of women to that of men in everyday life.
It’s crazy to think that it was almost 100 years ago that women were finally given the basic human right to decide what happens to them in the place that they call home.
It’s crazy to think that the campaign for women’s suffrage in America started in the mid 1800s and did not become passed and ratified by Congress until 1920.
And it’s ever crazier to think that there are such intense conflicts over basic human rights like equal pay and the right to choose what happens to our bodies still happening today!
Women’s equality in all aspects of life should not be such a debated issue in our world today. Don’t get me wrong, women have come a long way from where we were 100 years ago, but that’s because we fought for it. No one else did that for us. Women really wanted it and so women had to come together and fight for it themselves.
The same applies to gender equality issues today.
Let’s remember these names, but let’s also remember our own names and the kind of influence and power that we also hold within ourselves and in the world around us.
We should be proud of how far we have come, but there’s still a lot more work to do ladies.