3 (or 4) Ways to Be a Suffragette on Women’s Equality Day

A black-and-white photo of women marching down the street with suffrage posters

A suffrage march in New York City in 1913, six years before the 19th Amendment was ratified. Photo courtesy of the U.S. Library of Congress.

August 20, 2013

Another year, another Women’s Equality Day — the day that marks the anniversary of when the 19th Amendment was ratified. It’s a day to stand up with our sisters to recognize the hard work of the women and men who led the successful suffrage movement 93 years ago. Unfortunately, celebrating our right to vote isn’t enough. We still have a lot to do to keep the polls accessible to everyone and reach equality for women and girls, so this Women’s Equality Day, we ask you to educate others and join the fight!

Last year the AAUW community was hard at work getting out the vote, so we marked Women’s Equality Day 2012 with five action items to boost participation at the polls. This year, there are some really important elections happening in the United States, including two gubernatorial races, a special Senate election, and countless other school board and local government elections, and that’s just in 2013. In local races, the difference between a winner and a loser can be razor-thin, and those candidates can have even more direct effects on you and your community than national representatives do, so first thing’s first.

1. If there’s an election in your district, think about the changes you wish to see in your community and go vote!

For everyone else:

2. Sign up for action alerts. You don’t even have to leave the comforts of your living room to lobby your representatives in Congress. We’ll e-mail you the information you need to stay updated on recent issues and to stand up for women’s rights with just a couple clicks. Simply fill out this quick form.

3. Watch a movie. Voting isn’t the only way to make changes in society. Watch an empowering movie that is helping to inspire activism or legislation on a women’s issue — such as the haunting documentary The Invisible War — and share it with a friend.

4. Share the above video. Reaching your fellow feminists is easy online. With a simple “share” or e-mail you can multiply the impact of Women’s Equality Day, AAUW, and the message of celebrating suffrage.

Have a happy Women’s Equality Day.

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5 Comments

  1. Meg Webber says:

    I worked for an historian in grad school who corrected my use of the word Suffragette. She pointed out that the term “Suffragette” was a negative label used; she corrected me to use “Suffragist.” I don’t know if you are making the same mistake I did, or if there has been a recent move to “reclaim” the once negative label of Suffragette by using it as we wish. ???

  2. Marie Lindberg says:

    Hi Meg, Thanks for your comment. I did some research and learned more about the distinction. While the term suffragette certainly carries baggage, I’m not prepared to reject it outright and have decided to keep it in this blog. That being said, you educated my colleagues and me about some important history and it will certainly inform my ideas in the future.

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  5. J Morphew says:

    I come from a long line of women who were strong, independent, and made their own way regardless of the constraints of the times. I am so grateful to stand on the shoulders of my women ancestors and those who have gone before that enable us to have the rights we have today. However, because I joined the workforce in 1969, I have had to stand my ground and move through the forms of discrimination which were in place back then, and I know we have much more work to do to achieve the complete rights we have fought for and deserve. Do everything you can where ever you are to help others understand why they’re important and especially support AAUW which is advocating on our behalf and through which branches and women all over the country are working. I am grateful for AAUW and AAUW women!

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