This year marks the Centennial anniversary of the passing of the 19th Amendment, which guarantees and protects the right of women to vote since 1920.
This pivotal moment in history was the conclusion of a long and courageous fight, and also the beginning of a new era for women across the country and also around the world.
For its Inspiring, Heroic Figures
The history of the 19th Amendment is full of heroic figures whose inspiring acts still resonate with us today. Take, for example, Mabel Ping-Hua Ling, a Chinese teenager who in 1912 helped lead a suffrage parade in New York despite being ineligible for Citizenship under the Chinese Exclusion Act. Or Inez Milholland, leader of the 1913 suffrage parade, who died at the age of 30 due to an untreated infection and became a symbol of the cause that attained its crowning achievement one year after her death.
Because it Improved Education for a Whole Generation
Historical evidence suggests that the importance of the Women’s Suffrage Movement extends far beyond the domain of gender equality. Studies show that the right to vote had a series of unexpected beneficial effects: municipal spending on charities increased, child mortality dropped and children were more likely to stay in school. In short, in addition to its historic significance, the movement had a long-term, positive impact on the income prospects of an entire generation.
It is a Brilliant Chapter in a Long Struggle
If we take a long-term view of history, it becomes evident that the 19th Amendment is an essential milestone in a long struggle for equal rights. Women earned the right to vote in 1920, but almost 50 years had to pass until Shirley Chisholm became the first African-American woman to be elected to the United States Congress in 1968. And it wasn’t only until 1984 that Geraldine Ferraro became the first woman to run as a vice presidential candidate for a major American political party.
The 19th Amendment and the Women’s Suffrage Movement are among the most brilliant accomplishments of the Progressive Era, and they are a powerful inspiration in the struggle for equality, a struggle that isn’t over yet.
In order to celebrate this historic achievement, Sedna Inspirations created the Celebration 2020 line. These hats come in Purple, Gold, White and Beige. “She Persisted!” or “Momentum!” or “I Vote!” is embroidered on the back of each hat, with the 19th Amendment embroidered on the side.
Our Celebration 2020 line honors those who led the way and aims to inspire those who continue walking the path of justice and fairness. They also serve as a reminder that, in unity, we can make a difference in the world, and that the impossible is achievable.