August 26

Motivation 2020: Women’s Equality Day #womensvote100 #equalitycantwait

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“You cannot be neutral. You must either join with us who believe in the bright future or be destroyed by those who would return us to the dark past.” Daisy Elizabeth Adams Lampkin

Motivation 2020: Women's Equality Day #womensvote100 #equalitycantwait
Motivation 2020: Women’s Equality Day #womensvote100 #equalitycantwait
Motivation 2020: Women’s Equality Day #womensvote100 #equalitycantwait
Motivation 2020: Women’s Equality Day #womensvote100 #equalitycantwait
Motivation 2020: Women's Equality Day #womensvote100 #equalitycantwait
Motivation 2020: Women’s Equality Day #womensvote100 #equalitycantwait

There must always be a remedy for wrong and injustice if we only know how to find it.” Ida B. Wells
We have made a way when there was no way.” Rosalyn Terborg-Penn
I appeal on behalf of four millions of men, women, and children who are chattels in the Southern States of America, Not because they are identical with my race and color, though I am proud of that identity, but because they are men and women. Sarah Parker Redmond
Seeking no favors because of our color, nor patronage because of our needs, we knock at the bar of justice, asking an equal chance.” Mary Church Terrell
The crowning glory of American citizenship is that it may be shared equally by people of every nationality, complexion, and sex. Mary-Ann Shadd Cary
Now is the time for our women to begin to try to lift up their heads and plant the roots of progress under the hearthstone. Frances Ellen Watkins Harper
If you as parents cut corners, your children will too. If you lie, they will too. If you spend all your money on yourselves and tithe no portion of it for charities, colleges, churches, synagogues, and civic causes, your children won’t either. And if parents snicker at racial and gender jokes, another generation will pass on the poison adults still have not had the courage to snuff out. Marian Wright Edelman
There is a great stir about colored men getting their rights, but not a word about the colored women; and if colored men get their rights, and not colored women theirs, you see the colored men will be masters over the women, and it will be just as bad as it was before. So I am for keeping the thing going while things are stirring; because if we wait till it is still, it will take a great while to get it going again. (Equal Rights Convention, New York, 1867) Sojourner Truth

Are You Familiar with Women’s Equality Day?  Women’s Equality Day is on August 26, and it is the centennial celebration of the 19th Amendment that gave women the right to vote in the USA. It commemorates the 1920 adoption of the Nineteenth Amendment to the United States Constitution, which prohibits the states and the federal government from denying the right to vote to citizens of the United States on the basis of sex. While many black women participated in the movement, they were excluded from the historical records celebrating this achievement. According to the book, African American Women in the Struggle for the Vote, 1850-1920 (1998) by Rosalyn Terborg-Penn, which some saw as a response to the “History of Women’s Suffrage,” a six-volume work, begun in 1881 and edited by Anthony, Stanton and Matilda Joslyn Gage, the American suffrage movement erased from historical records, the many black women who attended suffrage meetings, organized suffrage clubs, and promoted the cause to grant women the freedom to vote.

Rosalyn Terborg-Penn‘s book identified more than 120 black women, including Sojourner Truth, Mary-Ann Shadd Cary, Ida B. Wells, Mary Church Terrell, Sarah Parker Remond, and many other black women who were described as “hundreds of nameless black women.” These notable women and others had participated tirelessly in the suffrage fight. The black suffragettes continued their efforts because they knew the goal was bigger than them and to give up would be dangerous for the plight of black people. The racial divide grew and became glaringly obvious in 1913 when the white organizers of a major suffragist parade in Washington ordered black participants to march in the rear. So, even though the 19th Amendment, ratified in 1920, said that the right to vote could not be denied on the basis of sex, Blacks of both sexes, especially in the South, were effectively barred from voting by poll taxes, literacy tests, and many other forms of intimidation that included lynchings. It was not until the Voting Rights Act of 1965 that black people found their footing in the polls. Many of the photos, in the collages in this post, are of African American Women in the Suffrage Movement and a few notables from a long list. Do you recognize any of the women featured in the photos? I have also included at least one quote from the many women featured here. Please share in the comments

African American Women in the Struggle for the Vote, 1850-1920 (1998)Rosalyn Terborg-Penn
National Women’s History Alliance: Returning the Suffrage Heroes to the Pages of History
Motivation Mondays: International Women’s Day #GenerationEquality #EachforEqual

 

Voting Rights for All After the 19th Amendment
The 19th Amendment did not guarantee that all women and men in the United States could vote. Securing this essential right has been a long struggle that for some, continues on to this day.
• 1924 Indian Citizenship Act – Native Americans deemed US citizens, but states continue to decide who votes. Many continue to disenfranchise Native Americans.
• 1943 Magnuson Act – Chinese in America granted the right to become citizens, and therefore to vote (the Chinese Exclusion Act of 1882 previously prevented this).
• 1962 New Mexico is the last state to enfranchise Native Americans.
• 1965 Voting Rights Act – African Americans and Native Americans continued to face exclusion from voting through mechanisms like poll taxes, literacy tests, and intimidation. The Voting Rights Act of 1965 eliminated many of these. From “The 19th Amendment: A Crash Course,” National Park Service, nps.gov

 

 

“The way to right wrongs is to turn the light of truth upon them.” Ida B. Wells

Motivation 2020: Women's Equality Day #womensvote100 #equalitycantwait
Motivation 2020: Women’s Equality Day #womensvote100 #equalitycantwait
Motivation 2020: Women's Equality Day #womensvote100 #equalitycantwait
Motivation 2020: Women’s Equality Day #womensvote100 #equalitycantwait
Motivation 2020: Women's Equality Day #womensvote100 #equalitycantwait
Motivation 2020: Women’s Equality Day #womensvote100 #equalitycantwait
Motivation 2020: Women's Equality Day #womensvote100 #equalitycantwait
Motivation 2020: Women’s Equality Day #womensvote100 #equalitycantwait

“Lifting as we climb … we knock at the bar of justice, asking an equal chance.” Mary Church Terrell
“The true aim of female education should be, not a development of one or two, but all the faculties of the human soul, because no perfect womanhood is developed by imperfect culture.” Frances Ellen Watkins Harper
I do not think the mere extension of the ballot a panacea for all the ills of our national life. What we need to-day is not simply more voters, but better voters. Frances Ellen Watkins Harper
“Countermovements among racists and sexists and Nazifiers are just as relentless as dirt on a coffee table…Every housewife knows that if you don’t sooner or later dust…the whole place will be dirty again.”Florynce Kennedy
When the ballot is put into the hands of the American woman the world is going to get a correct estimate of the Negro woman. It will find her a tower of strength of which poets have never sung, orators have never spoken, and scholars have never written. Nannie Helen Burroughs
“I had reasoned this out in my mind, there was one of two things I had a right to, liberty or death; if I could not have one, I would have the other; for no man should take me alive.” Harriet Tubman
“Whatever glory belongs to the race for a development unprecedented in history for the given length of time, a full share belongs to the womanhood of the race.”Mary Mcleod Bethune
Think like a queen. A queen is not afraid to fail. Failure is another steppingstone to greatness. Oprah Winfrey
If any of us hopes to survive, s/he must meet the extremity of the American female condition with an immediate and political response. The thoroughly destructive and indefensible subjugation of the majority of Americans cannot continue except at the peril of the entire body politic. June Jordan

Let’s celebrate Women’s Equality Day because, as I pointed out above, today, August 26, 2020, is Women’s Suffrage Centennial Day –  the 100th anniversary of the ratification of the 19th Amendment to the United States Constitution which prohibits the states and the federal government from denying the right to vote to citizens of the United States on the basis of sex. Even though so many women here and around the world continue to suffer from discriminatory practices and all forms of gender inequities, we must never give up. As Eleanor Roosevelt said, “No one can make you feel inferior without your consent.” The road to equality has been a tough and hard-won battle, and it took the collective effort of so many women from all walks of life to achieve it. Did you know that in 1944, skilled female workers earned an average weekly wage of $31.21? Despite federal regulations requiring equitable pay for similar work, their male counterparts in similar positions earned $54.65 weekly. When the war ended, some women were ready to return to their pre-war domestic lives. However, others who wanted or needed to continue working, found their opportunities were limited as men returned home and the demand for war materials decreased. Today, women earn between 83-98 cents on the dollar for the same jobs that men do for more money. Minority women earn less than white women and the efforts to extend equity to all women remain a bone of contention in Congress. As we gather to celebrate 100 years of having the vote, we must not forget our sisters who are voiceless, stuck in minimum wage jobs with no healthcare, or with limited resources and education. The gender pay gap is real and remains a challenge here and elsewhere. Come back for more on the history of this Important Event.

Smithsonian: Five You Should Know: African American Suffragists
Motivation Mondays: Women’s Equality Day #Quotes
Thoughtco: Important Black Women in American History

 

Sojourner Truth (1797-1883): Ain’t I A Woman?
Delivered 1851 Women’s Rights Convention, Old Stone Church (since demolished), Akron, Ohio via nps.gov

Well, children, where there is so much racket there must be something out of kilter. I think that ‘twixt the negroes of the South and the women at the North, all talking about rights, the white men will be in a fix pretty soon. But what’s all this here talking about?

That man over there says that women need to be helped into carriages, and lifted over ditches, and to have the best place everywhere. Nobody ever helps me into carriages, or over mud-puddles, or gives me any best place! And ain’t I a woman? Look at me! Look at my arm! I have ploughed and planted and gathered into barns, and no man could head me! And ain’t I a woman? I could work as much and eat as much as a man – when I could get it – and bear the lash as well! And ain’t I a woman? I have borne thirteen children and seen most all sold off to slavery, and when I cried out with my mother’s grief, none but Jesus heard me! And ain’t I a woman?

Then they talk about this thing in the head; what’s this they call it? [member of audience whispers, “intellect”] That’s it, honey. What’s that got to do with women’s rights or negroes’ rights? If my cup won’t hold but a pint and yours holds a quart, wouldn’t you be mean not to let me have my little half measure full?

Then that little man in black there, he says women can’t have as much rights as men, ’cause Christ wasn’t a woman! Where did your Christ come from? Where did your Christ come from? From God and a woman! Man had nothing to do with Him.

If the first woman God ever made was strong enough to turn the world upside down all alone, these women together ought to be able to turn it back, and get it right side up again! And now they is asking to do it, the men better let them.

Obliged to you for hearing me, and now old Sojourner ain’t got nothing more to say. [1]

 

 

The details for Motivation Mondays are below. Join in! The themes for JUL – AUG 2020 are:

JULY

07/01 – 01 SUMMER, 04 Independence Day, 06 D-Day,
07/05 – 07 World Chocolate Day
07/12 – 18 Nelson Mandela Day,
07/19 – 24 International Self-Care Day
07/26 – 28 Parents Day, 30 International Day of Friendship, World Day Against Trafficking in Persons

AUG

08/01 – 01 SUMMER, 04 Obama Day, 07 Purple Heart Day, Cat Day
08/09 – 09 Book Lovers Day, 12 International Youth Day, 15 National Relaxation Day
08/16 – 17 Nonprofit day, 19 National Aviation Day, World Humanitarian Day, World Photography Day, 22 Commemoration of Victims of Religious Violence Day
08/23 – 23 Slave Trade Remembrance Day, 26 Women’s Equality Day, National Dog Day
08/30 – 30 Day of Victims of Enforced Disappearance Day, 31 Drug Overdose Awareness Day

 

 

“If American women would increase their voting turnout by ten percent, I think we would see an end to all of the budget cuts in programs benefiting women and children.” Coretta Scott King

Motivation 2020: Women's Equality Day #womensvote100 #equalitycantwait
Motivation 2020: Women’s Equality Day #womensvote100 #equalitycantwait
Motivation 2020: Women's Equality Day #womensvote100 #equalitycantwait
Motivation 2020: Women’s Equality Day #womensvote100 #equalitycantwait
Motivation 2020: Women’s Equality Day #womensvote100 #equalitycantwait
Motivation 2020: Women’s Equality Day #womensvote100 #equalitycantwait

To support whatever is right, and to bring justice where we’ve had so much injustice. Fannie Lou Hamer
“I didn’t want to pay my fare and then go around the back door, because many times, even if you did that, you might not get on the bus at all. They’d probably shut the door, drive off, and leave you standing there.” Rosa Parks
“I am a Black Feminist. I mean I recognize that my power, as well as my primary oppressions, come as a result of my blackness as well as my womanness, and therefore my struggles on both of these fronts are inseparable.” Audre Lorde
What becomes a crime deserving capital punishment when the tables are turned is a matter of small moment when the negro woman is the accusing party. Ida B. Wells
“Seeing their children touched and seared and wounded by race prejudice is one of the heaviest crosses which colored women have to bear.” Mary Church Terrell
“When Ernestine Rose, Lucretia Mott, Elizabeth Cady Stanton, Lucy Stone, and Susan B. Anthony began that agitation by which colleges were opened to women and the numerous reforms inaugurated for the amelioration of their condition along all lines, their sisters who groaned in bondage had little reason to hope that these blessings would ever brighten their crushed and blighted lives, for, during those days of oppression and despair, colored women were not only refused admittance to institutions of learning, but the law of the States in which the majority lived made it a crime to teach them to read.” Mary Church Terrell

 

As a mother of two young adults, I know that having the right to vote was and still is a critical step that helped define women’s participation in the political process, and it continues to impact the lives of women of all generations; mine, millennials, and beyond. When some folks read about women’s equality and dismiss it, they do so because they have either no knowledge of the journey and achievements we have made to crack that glass ceiling or because, as beneficiaries of the struggle to empower women, they have not stopped to consider how we got from there to here. Without the groundwork laid by the suffragettes and other bold women around the globe, many of us would still be considered chattel or property owned by our fathers and husbands. Back then, women had no say and no property rights either. How far have we really come? Sadly, not far enough. There are parts of our world where women still do not exercise full rights of citizenship and that is why we must continue to champion gender parity for all. Above and below, I’ve added quotes and/or poems from women about our lives, goals, and expectations. Enjoy and share a quote of your own in the comments.

Wikipedia: African-American women’s suffrage movement
Wikipedia: Timeline of women’s suffrage in the United States
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I sit and sew—a useless task it seems,
My hands grown tired, my head weighed down with dreams—
The panoply of war, the martial tred of men,
Grim-faced, stern-eyed, gazing beyond the ken
Of lesser souls, whose eyes have not seen Death,
Nor learned to hold their lives but as a breath—
But—I must sit and sew. Alice Dunbar Nelson

 

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  • Happy Women’s Equity Day! I did not know this. I love the history behind this and definitely needed a reminder about how important this is. I hope ALL women get out to vote in the 2020 election.

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  • I am truly grateful for such a day because we wound not have the right to vote and much more! June Jordan’s words speak very close to me!

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  • Hard to imagine just how long it took for women to have a right to vote! We’ve come a long way, but we SURE aint there yet until equality world-wide. That’s why I love Mary Church Rerrell’s quote ” Seeking no favors because of our color, nor patronage because of our needs, we knock at the bar of justice, asking an equal chance.”

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    Kileen

  • What a great day! I think fight for equality is not over and we still have a way to go. we should look up to those wonderful ladies

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  • This is such a great piece. It has always sadden me that when the suffrage movement was happening in 1913 it was to be segregated. I am glad Ida B. Wells did not listen.

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  • So many women battled so hard to ensure that women today have all the same rights and priviledges as men. It’s important that we remember them.

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    This quotation moved me. There must be no compromise. In everything you do, you must be 100% dedicated or no dedication at all.

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    • Thank you. Happy Women’s Equality Day! International Women’s Day was on March 8th. 🙂

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    • Thank you. No need for embarrassment, Black history wasn’t part of the curriculum for many decades. Everyone is catching up.

  • Womans equality has been a very sensitive topic ,hope someday we will live in a equal world

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  • I didn’t realize that this year was the 100th anniversary of women getting the right to vote. That is such a cool thing and it was great to read more of the details behind the movement. One thing that stuck out for me in particular was the Eleanor Roosevelt quote, “No one can make you feel inferior without your consent.”

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  • Such a fab post and very inspiring. anything that helps to promote women’s equality has a big thumbs up from me x

  • Wow, there is so much that isn’t taught in school. You learn one thing about Rosa Parks fr instance. Nothing about how hard she actually had it. How you hear about slavery back then but never that their babies are just taken and sold. So many blind folds in life.

  • I’m so thankful that we’ve grown to a more equal world for women’s rights. We have more ways to improve, but I’m very hopeful. Thanks for sharing!

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  • Equality for everyone, including women, is so important. It saddens me that by 2020 we still have inequality in the World. Humanity is better than this!

  • I think more people need to hear about this. We all know that women didn’t have the right to vote for a while, but for a lot of us, that’s where it ends.

  • So grateful I wasn’t born into an age where women cannot vote. Love the historical context you bring to Women’s Equality Day.

  • Lovely Motivating post! Feminism isn’t not about making women stronger. Women are already strong It’s about changing the way the world perceives that strength Happy Women equality day!

  • These are written so amazingly..indeed glad you shared these with us..found them quite motivational and meaningful…

  • Women are such powerful beings. Thank you for writing a post that empowers and celebrates everything that we accomplish and do!

  • Waooo we always take things for granted .. thanks to our previous generations we are now able to live with rights that they never had.

  • Thanks for writing this article and making people more aware of the current situation!

  • Incredible post!!!!! I love Ida B Wells front and center in the graphic. She’s one of my favorite historical figures and a shining example of good journalism. Thanks for sharing 🙂

  • It’s a great article about Women’s Equality day. thanks to all. And celebrate and make people aware of this Woman’s Equality day. Thanks for sharing the importants about it.

  • I didn’t know about the Women’s Equality day. Your post is so motivational and inspiring that I love to read it. Thanks for your post and your words. – Amalia

  • The status of women has changed a lot over the years, but in some cultures there is still a lot more work to do on this 🙂

  • Even it’s not written in the Constitution, women must be treated equally the same.

  • If you as parents cut corners, your children will too. If you lie, they will too. If you spend all your money on yourselves and tithe no portion of it for charities, colleges, churches, synagogues, and civic causes, your children won’t either. And if parents snicker at racial and gender jokes, another generation will pass on the poison adults still have not had the courage to snuff out. Marian Wright Edelman

    While the above may be true for some people I know a lot of people who have stepped away from how they were raised to become good, decent, non judgemental people.

  • Wonderful post and we must always remember the effort and handwork the women back then did for us.

  • I love the graphics you created! We should all (including men) celebrate Women’s Equality.

  • We have to strive for women equality. I know we are celebrating it but I think we are so far from getting it right.

    • I agree with you! But we should not lose hope that one day, women equality will be achieve. Let’s not stop fighting for it.

  • I’ve obviously heard of the women’s suffrage but I honestly have never heard of equality day. So thank you for sharing it with me. I’ve actually been talking to my kids (we homeschool) about voting rights and the suffrage movement and why it’s so important so next year I’m going to have to remember this.

  • This is really inspiring post for women.We do believe in equality of rights. thanks for sharing.

  • Fantastic article, this is such an important topic that should be talked about. I enjoyed all of the quotes you included from many amazing women.

  • This is such a great and important post. I love all of the quotes, beautiful photos and history you took the time to provide about women’s equality. A subject that we all need to learn more about and appreciate. Great post! Thank you.

  • I haven’t heard of Women’s Equality day. Quite an informative post. Appreciate it. More power to all the women in the world. 👍🏻

  • Wow!! I agree with all of those quotes and can I say how powerful they are? We should move forward from the past and continue to evolve as human who are more accepting and treat each other are equals!!

  • It’s really a beautiful & motivational post on women’s equality. What I think is equal opportunities should be given to every gender in every aspect, weather it is political, economic, health or education.

  • Women equality is yet to fully achieved but we girls are not stopping! I love the focus here and I truly believe you are a great women to deliver that message

  • You leave so many great points about how interactional the struggles of women are, we are equal and should be treated so

  • There is still a big difference in several countries across the world – we can only hope that things will improve there also 🙂

  • This is awesome. Women equality should not be celebrated annually, but daily! Thank you!

  • I wasn’t aware of this day but I agree. It’s important high light women’s achievement and make them equal. Thank you for highlighting this for us.

  • Equality for women is very important. And this starts inside our home, so that everyone knows the importance of it.

  • I am grateful to be born in a world that accepts women. Of course there’s still much of work to be done, but I am grateful for those who have fought hard for this.

  • This is a great, in depth post. I can’t imagine what it was like being a woman back then. I am grateful for the rights they fought for!

  • Great read – albeit, not exactly hilarious…. It’s actually quite sad how far we still are from equality in so many fields…in the 21th century.

  • I love these poems. We can honor these women by standing up for each other instead of against each other,help build each other instead of pulling each other down.

  • it’s been a long road fighting for equality and thanks for sharing their inspiration there. – Knycx Journeying

  • We’ve seen many developments and changes on women’s equality, and we should not stop, but aim for more changes, until we reach that day that we are all equally respected.
    We should give empathy for those people who experienced hardships.

  • Women are more than equal hence it is sad that one has to celebrate Women’s Equality Day.Women power runs the world.

  • Women are so powerful! I found out a couple of years ago that my mother and her sister participated in the Civil RIghts marches in Birmingham. I was very proud!

  • Woman are so powerful! I love how this highlights how far wre have come but also shows we have a ways to go!

  • I have immense respect for all the powerful women who have paved the way for me. I am forever thankful and know that we still have a long road ahead to conquer.

  • all men are created equal regardless of its gender…..and this should followed by all countries in the world…if its the world would be a greater place to live

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