“It was our grandmothers who showed white women what freedom and liberty really looked like,” Herne said. “They began to witness for themselves a freedom that they had never seen before.”
- Sally Roesch Wagner, earned one of the first doctorates for Women's Studies in the U.S. at the University of California at Santa Cruz.
Read the Washington Post's full article, "Women of Color were Cut out of the Suffragist Story," about the influence of Native Americans to spark the Feminist and Women's Rights Movement in the U.S.
Embracing Native Traditions with the Right to Vote - News from Native California
Women's Rights Issues of the Age
"I think that Stanton helped create a rhetoric or a political ideology where when we say women — and often when the media says women in terms of feminist goals, we think middle-class, white women. It's never been the case that the contemporary women's movement was all white or middle class. This kind of arrogance in assuming that you can declare which are women's rights issues of an age has always struck me as an ongoing problem."
- Lori Ginzberg, Professor of History and Women's Studies at Penn State University and author of Elizabeth Cady Stanton
"Low-income women who lack photo identification may face barriers like limited transportation and financial costs associated with accessing other identifying documents like birth certificates and marriage licenses; once time, travel, and the costs of documents are factored in, the cost associated with a "free ID card" can range from $75 to $175; when legal fees are included, the costs can be as high as $1,500 (Sobel 2014)."
Although this was a momentous day in women’s history, it is important to recognize that not all women were actually guaranteed the right to vote after the 19th Amendment was passed. For decades after, Black people, Asian American women, Native women, LGBTQ+ women, women with disabilities, low-income women, and more faced obstacles to exercising their right to vote – and to this day, many still face huge obstacles to make sure that their voice is heard at the polls.
African American Women and the Vote, 1837-1965 - Ann Gordon and Bettye Collier-Thomas