Tuesday, August 18, 2009

for those soldiers in petticoats

'Happy Birthday' to the 19th amendment to the American constitution,

It was on this day in 1920 that the 19th Amendment was ratified, giving women the right to vote. Seventy-two years earlier, at the Seneca Falls Convention, Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Lucretia Mott had called for the rights of women, and begun the cause of women's suffrage.

Charlotte Woodward was the only one of the women who signed the Declaration who was still alive to see this day in 1920 when the 19th Amendment was ratified. She was 91 years old. But she herself never got to vote—she was sick on election day in 1920, and by the next spring confined to her house, and probably died soon after.

- from today's Writer's Almanac with Garrison Keillor (well worth checking out - includes a stunning piece of poetry from Martin Steingesser)

it is therefore by happy coincidence that today i received my provisional lecture timetable for the MA in Women's Studies. colour me extremely enthused...

here's some harmonic subversive politics from the comic brilliance of Glynis Johns, which for me really is where it all started...


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