One hundred and sixty-nine years ago, on July 19, 1848, Elizabeth Cady Stanton stood before an audience of two hundred women and read, “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed, by their Creator, with certain unalienable rights, that among these are life, liberty, and the pursuit of Happiness.”
She detailed a list of injustices imposed on women, and called on them to organize, protest, and petition for their rights.
After seventy-two years, on August 18, 1920, Congress ratified the nineteenth amendment guaranteeing women the right to vote.
For the past ten years, especially in my state, Texas, the political pendulum and passage of restrictive laws have swung to the far right at the expense of women’s rights. Texas school textbooks reflect this ideology and it concerned me that young women today may not know about the suffragist movement.
I needn’t have worried; the universe sent relief. The same machine that is hell bent on passing laws designed to obliterate women’s rights, elected Donald J. Trump. An unintended consequence of DJT and gang’s blatant misogyny is women are paying attention.
If younger women did not know the hard won history of their rights, they certainly do now. What’s more, they are involved and protesting. They are masters of social media and can out twitter you-know-who.
Trump, according to recent polls, is the worst president in seventy years, but let’s be fair. His misogyny has served as the catalyst to fortify the women’s movement.