19th Amendment’s ratification—August 18, 1920

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Today is August 18th, the 98th anniversary of the 19th Amendment to the US Constitution. August 26th is the official commemoration, the date of Women’s Equality Day, set aside for this observance.

The big festivities around the nation will be taking place on or around August 26, 2020. This is a reminder to get ready NOW. There’s plenty of movement around the country already and discussion, no doubt, about the significance of this passage of 100 years. Some say that the observance isn’t all that important. Others will delve into history and marvel at what the first wave activists were up against and how long (70+ years) that it took to make a dent in a resistant social and economic structure.

LetsRockTheCradle.com started as a blogging tour of the “cradle” of the women’s rights movement in the US…the Finger lakes region of New York State. From there, we’ve been blogging along and highlighting the news and views of the first wave of activists.

Celebrate women’s freedom to vote. Without the first wave, the second wave might have been the first. For all of its challenges and upsets, the suffrage or votes for women activists faced fierce opposition. Where are we now? And where are we going? These are the questions cradle rockers face now.

Get busy planning. There’s still time between now and 2020 to pull off a marvelous event or celebration!

And honor Inez Milholland in 2020 and before—our nation’s suffrage martyr. InezMilholland.wordpress.com is a sister site to LetsRockTheCradle.com

Have you seen the 15-minute film about Inez? Check with Martha Wheellock and Wild West Women at InezMilholland.org