The suffragettes’ legacy is complicated. It shouldn’t be airbrushed.
The attendees tonight include many ‘firsts’. The first Native American women. The first openly bi woman. The first Vietnamese- and Ethiopian-American women.
It is a celebration of diversity.
It is quite literally the enlistment of women whose ancestors were left out to celebrate a movement that would have excluded them.
Instead of celebrating tonight’s history-making diversity, we’re honoring a legacy of exclusion.
Bear that in mind.