The 19th Amendment to the US Constitution was ratified on this date in 1920. So rather than my usual Daily Chat, I'd like to take this opportunity to honour the women who fought so valiantly for my right to vote. Eighty-nine years isn't so long ago. Both of my grandmothers were born before suffrage. Their mothers' and grandmothers' generations had fought hard for it. By the time my grandmothers died, their daughters' and granddaughters' generations were taking that right for granted.
Just a few of the more famous champions of women's suffrage in the US: Frances Wright, Lucretia Mott, Mary Ann M'Clintock, Lucy Stone and Iowa's Carrie Chapman Catt. Among the men who were brave enough to champion the cause: Frederick Douglass, Gerrit Smith and William Lloyd Garrison. But the three most famous and most ardent campaigners for women's suffrage were Elizabeth Cady Stanton, Sojourner Truth and Susan B. Anthony. I am grateful for their courage.