August 26, 1920. It was a day that to many was the
It was perhaps one of the greatest victories of the century. Now as the polls
open women and men stand next to each other and cast a vote which holds the
same importance. The time and effort it took to get here shall be ingrained in
every person's mind as they approach the poll booth. There was a struggle to
over come and that struggle was won, in the end by forty-three words. The
landmark acceptance of the Nineteenth Amendment changed the way of life in
American forever, from the time before, to the time of, to the time after.
"We were sixteen women sitting in sixteen chairs, longing to stand.
(Dubois 250)" This quote given by Mary Baker before the Passing of the
Nineteenth Amendment is used to show how women were wanting and desired
to stand next to me in a line of equal measures.
Before 1920, life being female
was assumed to be a life lived in the house watching over the children and
making sure that everyone was happy. If a female stepped out of this common
place it would be looked upon as being a radical, one who would never marry,
and one who would be forced to live her life in the shame of the town. Needless
to say it was a time where the lines between the male gender and the female
gender was one of great defiance. As Mary White Rowlandson remarked in her
dying words, "It is a life I am no longer willing to lead. I am old so it is better
for me to die without the fight, but you are young so fight and be seen. Today
replaces yesterday, for as yesterday you had nothing to...