Patt Morrison for August 26, 2010

“Dear Son, … Hurray and vote for Suffrage and don’t keep them in doubt” - 90th anniversary of the 19th amendment

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Library of Congress Prints and Photographs - Votes for Women

Woman suffrage headquarters in Upper Euclid Avenue, Cleveland. A. (at extreme right) is Miss Belle Sherwin, President, National League of Women Voters; B. is Judge Florence E. Allen (holding the flag); C. is Mrs. Malcolm McBride (1912)

Today marks the 90th anniversary of the passage of the 19th amendment, which established women’s right to vote. Tennessee was the 36th state to approve the amendment after calling a special session to decide the issue. The young man that cast the deciding vote was a legislator names Harry Burn who brought with him a letter that day a letter from his mother urging him to be a good boy and vote for ratification. Today we commemorate, celebrate and contemplate the women’s suffrage movement and also give a shout out to Harry T. Burn and his Mom.

Guests:

Stephanie Shriock, President of Emily’s List

Michael Kimmel, author of Manhood in America: A Cultural History, The History of Men, and Against the Tide: Pro-Feminist Men in the United States, 1776 – 1990


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