On this day, 101 years ago, 25,000 women marched on Fifth Avenue in New York City to protest for the right to vote. It would be another 5 years before the passage of the 19th Amendment, but the women’s parade of October 23rd was an important step.
Of course, the 19th Amendment didn’t solve all the voting issues of the women’s movement. The voting rights of women of color weren’t legally protected until the passage of the Civil Rights Act in 1964. Despite these efforts, all women today still face discrimination and institutional challenges that make it harder for them to succeed.
And, in the 2016 Election, we have a presidential candidate on record as saying about women, “You know, I’m automatically attracted to beautiful — I just start kissing them. It’s like a magnet. Just kiss. I don’t even wait. And when you’re a star, they let you do it. You can do anything… Grab ’em by the pussy. You can do anything.”
My, my, we have come so far…