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We gotta talk about lesbians. Specifically, about lesbian erasure.

Queer is cool, right? It’s 2020! 🏳️‍🌈🏳️‍⚧️etc., etc. So why is the lesbian reality of the suffrage movement barely part of the #19thAmendment centennial conversation?

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The movement for women’s liberation was run largely by unmarried women - some never married, some widowed.

Why? Because marriage was a prison for women, legally and socially. Unmarried women were exponentially freer to do the work of organizing and building a national movement.
Long-married leaders who raised multiple children - ElizCadyStanton, IdaBWells - are outliers in the suffrage pantheon. Most of the women who led the movement didn’t marry, didn’t have children, or were widowed early.

Does that mean they were lesbians? Well, yes - many of them.
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@ready_pen Don’t ask why 🤷🏻‍♀️😆 but I took all USSS #NationalDogDay tweets after seeing dog ID collar = 477 & Q Drop 477 about “wind the clock w/ all markers.” [RR].
Timestamps are (EST) 10, 11, 12, 1:00, 1:30, 2, 2:30, 3:30, 4.
3 1/2? Then 4 halves.
Clock is not my forte😂 maybe you see👀
@ready_pen I stopped myself from posting this earlier 😆😂😂🤣🤣. But since you brought it up @ready_pen I’ll throw it out there. 😂
@ready_pen 2. You know who else has German Shepherds 👉🏻 Biden’s 👉🏻 Major & Champ. 🧐💭
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Starting now!
Welcome to our #WomenPowerVote Twitter chat. Here are the House rules and sound off. Let us know you're here! #WomenPowerVote
Q1: This month will mark 100 years since the #19thAmendment was ratified in the U.S. Constitution. What has the women’s vote meant for America? #WomenPowerVote
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Our #KeystoneSuffragist was one of many Pennsylvania farm women who found creative (and delicious) ways to support the suffrage movement.
Alice Paisley Flack Kiernan 1870-1935

Alice was the leading recruiter of suffrage supporters in Somerset County. #19thAmendment #DARvote100
She spoke locally and throughout the state about women’s right to vote. On July 7, 1916, 800 women from 20 counties gathered at her home to finish sewing and to dedicate the new PA state suffrage flag. At the event, they enjoyed her famous “cottage cheese” with berries. #pssdar
Alice donated the entire output of her farm cheese to the suffrage cause that year. Other farm women followed suit, pledging their butter and egg proceeds and selling special “suffrage cookbooks.” 🥚🧀🧈
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All week we will be recognizing scholars of woman suffrage in honor of #19thAmendment , #suffrage100, and #WomensVote100 .
#twitterstorians @womnknowhistory Image
Let's begin with two incredible podcasts that feature experts who may show up in this thread later😉. Retta and Rosario Dawson host "And Nothing Less" open.spotify.com/show/2QAZrj5tR… and Maggie Hart hosts "Waiting For Liberty," both about the struggle to vote. open.spotify.com/show/0EKsHIYT6…
H-SAWH subscriber and UKentucky prof Melanie B. Goan offers a fresh take on national and state-level suffrage efforts in Kentucky. Out in November @KentuckyPress! kentuckypress.com/9780813180175/…
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Last week marked the 100th Anniversary of #19thAmendment

This is a perfect opportunity to reflect on how women gaining the right to vote fundamentally changed international politics.

How? It transformed trade and war.

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While I mentioned #19thAmendment above, 🇺🇸 was NOT the first country to grant suffrage to women (but it was also not the last).

It truly was a process of 🌍diffusion.

Here is a map from @OurWorldInData showing which countries granted universal women's suffrage in 1919
And here is the same map, but for 1939
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Suffragists picketed the White House from 10am-6pm every day but Sundays. They continued - attacked by mobs, arrested constantly - for more than two years. But in their first months, the pickets were greeted warmly.🧵 Sepia photograph of fourteen suffragists in overcoats on pic
Until January 1917, no one had ever done what they were doing. Frustrated at President Wilson’s refusal to support a federal suffrage amendment, they were the first Americans to stand outside the mansion in protest.

They walked 4-hour shifts, leaving only when relief arrived.
They continued in every kind of weather, though in heavy rain and snow shifts were 2 hours. To stay warm, the janitor from National Woman’s Party HQ brought wheelbarrows of hot bricks to stand on. In this picture from Jan. 26, they’re standing on boards to keep their feet drier. Sepia photograph of three National Woman's Party picketers f
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#OTD 100 years ago, women were finally granted the right to vote with passage of the #19thAmendment. Voting mattered then and it matters today. In this time of #COVID19, it is best to vote by mail. Image
When you request your mail-in vote, PLEASE select the U.S. mail (“mail-in”) version, not the “email” link version unless you absolutely need the internet version – those have to be hand counted & we are trying to keep those numbers small & get the number of people voting BIG.
And if you don’t want to mail your completed ballot, there will be Board of Elections drop boxes located around the County. @777Vote
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Can't really celebrate the 100th of the #19thAmendment without revisiting this "cult classic" from @democracynow circa 2008. I was very young, poorly lit, and so pissed. It's in 4 parts. "Melissa Harris Lacewell and Gloria Steinem debate." Part 1
"Melissa Harris Lacewell and Gloria Steinem debate." Part 2 #19thAmendment
"Melissa Harris Lacewell and Gloria Steinem debate." Part 3 #19thAmendment
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We celebrate today the 100th anniversary of the #19thAmendment to the Constitution giving women the right to vote.

This is a great milestone in American history, which has enriched the American body politic.
The biggest problem facing the Middle East and other parts of the world is the fact that women’s voices are shut out.

Over time, the dismissal of women’s voices hardens society.
The United States made a great choice with passage of the 19thAmendment.

Today we celebrate those who fought for and brought about this great accomplishment.
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1/ The passage of the #19thAmendment has long been heralded as the turning point for women’s voting rights in America.

But in reality, the 19th Amendment did not affirmatively grant the vote to all women — or even to any women in particular. bit.ly/3kRHs3P Image
2/ All the #19thAmendment text says is: “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.” Image
3/ In other words, after its ratification, states couldn't keep people from the polls just because they were women.

But officials who wanted to stop people from voting had plenty of other tools with which to do so.
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A century ago today, on Aug. 18, 1920, the 19th Amendment was ratified, making voting a right regardless of sex.

While this was a watershed moment in our democracy, it excluded millions of people, including women of color, from the ballot box for generations.
The 19th Amendment remains unfinished business, a fact we acknowledge in our logo with an asterisk — a visible reminder of those who have been omitted from our democracy.

So today we commemorate the #19thCentennial — but with an asterisk as well. Image
As the expansion of the voting franchise continues today, The 19th is here to capture this ongoing American story. And it's more important than ever.

Women make up more than half of the American electorate.

➡️ 73.7 MILLION women voted in 2016 — nearly 10 million MORE than men. Image
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Today marks the 100th anniversary of the ratification of the #19thAmendment, for which our newsroom is proudly named — but with an asterisk. This is intentional, because the omission and erasure of black women from the suffrage movement was intentional.
In honoring this landmark legislation with our name, we above all honor those who it denied. This tiny but powerful symbol is a daily reminder for us as a newsroom that the work remains unfinished, and that it is our mission to make this democracy more inclusive. Image
We are centering the marginalized. This includes not only the majority of the electorate, but folks regardless of gender or geography. @19thnews is a place where you will be seen, and where we are committed to making journalism that reaches you, no matter where you are.
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Today is the centennial of the #19thAmendment’s ratification — which promised suffrage to American women.

Like most people, I learned about this history in school.
The story went like this:

The fight for women’s voting rights in this country began in 1848 in Seneca Falls, NY, and ended in 1920. Susan B. Anthony and Elizabeth Cady Stanton were leaders. Suffrage gave all women in America the vote. The end.
And yet that story is wildly incomplete.

That’s no huge surprise; women’s stories are said to make up just 0.5% of recorded history. The stories of women of color are often absent entirely from the public record.

And so, here are a few things I have learned since then.
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We at @19thnews look forward to marking the centennial of the ratification of the #19thAmendment, for which our newsroom is named -- but with an asterisk in recognition that white women were the main beneficiaries of this milestone, at the expense of women of color.
It is important to us @19thnews to tell the truth about the suffrage movement, and to acknowledge the Black women who had to fight twice as hard for their access to the ballot, which they would not win until the Voting Rights Act of 1965, nearly four decades later.
Among my heroes are American patriots like Ida B. Wells, Mary Church Terrell, Anna Julia Cooper, Frances E.W. Harper and so many Black women history has attempted to erase for their contributions as suffragettes. No more ... Let us all honor them now.
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Men across the United States joined the fight to enfranchise women, perhaps none more outspoken than Frederick Douglass.

Born into slavery in 1818, Douglass was a fierce advocate for both abolition and women’s rights.

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He participated in the first women’s rights convention at Seneca Falls and was a founding member of both the AERA and the AWSA.

Frederick Douglas fought for women’s rights until his death in 1895 and often used his popular paper, The North Star to champion the cause.
Women like Lucretia Mott, Lucy Stone, and Sojourner Truth fought for a dream they never lived to see become reality.

As the century turned, a new generation paraded through the streets, campaigned for office, and employed radical strategies to achieve their goal.
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This month marks 100 years since the 19th Amendment became law. With @USNatArchives and @librarycongress, we're counting down #19SuffrageStories of women who worked for the vote—before and after 1920—through the Aug. 26 anniversary. #BecauseOfHerStory s.si.edu/2Dg3n3p Silhouettes of 7 women who ...
The #19thAmendment said women could not be excluded from the polls because of their sex, but it did not guarantee the ballot. Citizenship laws, poll taxes, threats and violence barred African American, Latina, Native American, Asian American, immigrant, and poor women. Social media graphic with b...
In 1962, Fannie Lou Hamer was one of 18 African Americans who traveled 26 miles to register to vote at a Mississippi courthouse. The 19th Amendment had not removed racist Jim Crow laws, and the group was told they'd need to take a literacy test. #19SuffrageStories Graphic with text “18 Afric...
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Ida B. Wells could vote for President years before Alice Paul or Carrie Chapman Catt.

How?

Read on . . .
Changing state constitutions is hard. Who votes & who doesn’t is determined by each state; big changes almost always need constitutional amendment. Of course, this is why the state-by-state fight took so damn long. But in 1913, Illinois successfully used a different strategy.
Lucy Stone’s husband Henry Blackwell began pushing for “presidential suffrage” back in the 1880s. It was a clever idea: a way to get states to let women vote for President without the laborious process of amending their constitution. Here's how:
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📌What Amendment to the Constitution gave woman the right to vote? I feel it is important to honor the woman and men who fought to give us that right! Aug 26, 2020 is the 100 year anniversary. Let's take a trip back in time and talk about it. #Suffrage #19thAmendment #vote
📌 In 1878 the Amendment was first introduced in Congress. It would take decades to pass. Many woman who marched, attended silent vigils, and fought valiantly would not live to witness the historic event.
📌In 1916 Rhode Island Union Colored Woman Clubs ask Congress to secure the Suffrage Amendment
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It’s been 99 years since we passed #19thAmendment yet 63 million Americans deemed a sexual predator To be a better choice for president than a woman...
It’s been 99 years since we passed #19thAmendment yet the Supreme Court has not one but two justices who survived sexual assault allegations.
It’s been 99 years since we passed #19thAmendment yet the Secretary of Labor had to resign for covering up a giant sex trafficking ring, and multiple Trump nominees have backed out over assault allegations.
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On the 100th anniversary of passage of the #19thAmendment in the US Senate, some basics of the politics of Senate passage (and resistance). #19thAt100

First, the final Senate vote, as recorded in the Copngressional Record: 56 yeas, 25 nays, 15 not voting. 1/n
41 of the 56 yea votes came from Senators from states that already had state-level woman suffrage (of some sort--whether full, presidential-elector, or primary). 2/n
The #19thAmendment vote was *bi-partisan*--nearly half the Senate's Democrats and more than 70 percent of its Republicans voted in favor of passage on the final roll call. 3/n
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On June 4, 1919 the amendment was passed by Congress and it was ratified on August 18, 1920.
** BUT not all women were given the right to vote. **
Even with the amendment, suffrage was hardly universal.
#19thamendment #votingrights #electwomen
+ Millions remained legally or effectively disenfranchised, including Asian-Americans many of whom continued to be denied voting rights until the 1950s.
+ Nearly all Blacks in the South were disenfranchised until the passage of the Voting Rights Act in 1965.
+ Native Americans were not even citizens of the United States until the passage of the 1924 Indian Citizenship Act. Some states denied Native Americans suffrage right until 1948.
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"The right of citizens...to vote shall not be denied...on account of sex." Today is the 100th anniversary of Congress approving the #19thAmendment. Follow along as we join @amhistorymuseum to share stories for #19thAt100. #WomenAtTheCenter #WomensHistoryIsAmericanHistory
NYC suffragists adopted tactics from the labor movement—protests, marches, & parades—to bring media attention & sway public opinion. They won women the state vote in 1917. The NYC campaign galvanized the national movement. More: bit.ly/2JRBnVP #19thAt100
#InezMilholland (1886–1916) became a suffrage icon. She attended Vassar College—where suffrage activism was banned—& organized an off­-campus Votes for Women Club. After graduation, Milholland lived among radicals & artists in Greenwich Village. #19thAt100
📷: @librarycongress
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