Wednesday, June 4, 2008

The 89th Anniversary of Relative Political Equality

Today is the 89th anniversary of the 19th amendment that legalized women's suffrage, the one that Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Susan B. Anthony worked tirelessly for decades to get passed. I could get into the fact that Hillary refusing to concede last night was a disgrace - to the democratic party, to the Clinton legacy, to the public perception of women in politics - but I won't, because I'm sure you've all heard it before.

What Marshall said yesterday was true. Women have built a tremendous legacy for themselves. We have come so far in such a short period of time. Clinton's candidacy has served as a catalyst for sexism to rear its vicious head, but it has also stimulated debates concerning the issue that allow anniversaries such as this one, that celebrate the accomplishments women have made in the face of tremendous odds, to feel that much sweeter.


-Jess

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