On this date (August 18) in 1920, a mere 97 years ago and 144 long years following the signing of the Declaration of Independence, the 19th Amendment to the United States Constitution was ratified.
The right of citizens of the United States to vote shall not be denied or abridged by the United States or by any State on account of sex.
It’s hard to believe, Vera, that if you had been born 100 years ago, you would have entered a world in which, because of your sex, you would have been officially inferior. It’s hard to believe because we have come such a long way that it’s hard to imagine how anyone could consider another person to be inferior because of their sex. Or race. Or religion. Or ethnicity.
It’s official that you’re equal, but, as most of us adults realize, women and people of color and people of certain faiths and ethnicities still aren’t equal in the eyes of many.
The world changed dramatically 97 years ago. It’s still changing.
The world is very lucky to have you.