Women’s History Month: Our “Romance” with Equal Rights

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It’s been a full century since this march on Washington, D.C. where women demanded their full “franchise” — the rights to be treated as full citizens, be allowed to vote and to be viewed as equal participants in society and our government.

When I tell my seventh-grade daughter that there not only was a time when women weren’t allowed to vote, but that women had to fight for it and suffered horrible abuse and torture to guarantee that we, as their political descendents, could walk unchallenged into a voting booth I realize I may as well have just told her that her beloved Taylor Swift is really a lip-syncing man in disguise — both are equally incomprehensible in her world.

But as a seventh-grader who has been learning about a variety of struggles this year in social studies — the American immigration stories of various groups and the historical facts that led to various wars — I think this video that combines the music of Lady Gaga and the history and women’s suffrage is the perfect few minutes to introduce her to more details that make up the story of the 19th Amendment:

When I told my middle-schooler of Abigail Adams’ words to her husband John Quincy, to “remember the ladies” when writing the Constitution, she pumped her fist and, “Go Abby!”

What stories of women’s suffrage have resonated with your daughters? Leave a comment here to win an autographed copy of my book, Mothers of Intention: How Women & Social Media are Revolutionizing Politics in America (Bright Sky Press). We will pick a winner at random from the commenters on April 2!

Image via Wikimedia Commons/National American Women Suffrage Association

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