Women's Suffrage Movement celebrates 94 years

Tuesday marks an important anniversary for women in the United States.

In 1971 the United States Congress designated August 26 as 'Women's Equality Day'. This anniversary marks the passage of the 19th Amendment to the Constitution, which gave women the right to vote 94 years ago.

"Women's Suffrage was a hard battle to win. Our predecessors made sacrifices to give women the privilege and opportunity to vote," said Sandy Collop, Adair County Clerk.

Voting for women was first proposed in July of 1848 at the Seneca Falls Woman's Rights Convention in upstate New York, which was organized by Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Lucretia Mott.

Charlotte Woodward, who was 19 when she attended the Convention, finally saw the passage of the Amendment in 1920. Woodward was the only participant at the 1848 Convention who was still alive to see women finally have the right to vote.

"As society evolved, women became equal partners in all aspects of life," added Collop.

Thanks to the Suffrage Movement in the 1920's, women now have the right to vote in every election, including the presidential election.

"It is important for every woman to express their views and voice their concerns by participating in the election process. Today, women play an even more active role in government itself," said Collop.

Today, more and more women are now stepping up to take active roles as elected officials.

"In Adair County, there are seven women serving as elected officials, and one woman is seeking an elected officials position this November," added Collop.

However, the number of women voters still has room to grow.

"Currently 55% of registered voters in Adair County are women, and of course we would like to see that number increase," said Collop.

With more women stepping up to run for elected office, women voters are now even more important.

If you still have not registered for the November General Election, you still have time to do so. October 8 is the last day to register.