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Celebrating the Centennial of the 19th Amendment The United States will celebrate the centennial of the 19th Amendment, often called the “Susan B. Anthony Amendment,” The historic coincidence of Susan B. Anthony’s 200th birthday falling in the same year as the 100th anniversary of the passage of the 19th amendment gives us much to celebrate and much to think about. We are fortunate to have her home and museum right here in Rochester.
“I do not demand equal pay for any women save those who do equal work in value. Scorn to be coddled by your employers; make them understand that you are in their service as workers, not as women.” —Susan B. Anthony
The very first bill ever proposed by a female lawmaker in the United States came from Colorado state representative Carrie Clyde Holly in January 1895. Building on a decade of women’s activism, Holly’s ambitious legislation sought to raise the age of consent in the state to 21 years old. In 1890, the age at which girls could consent to sex was 12 or younger in 38 states. In Delaware, it was seven. Such statutes had consequences extending from the safety and wellbeing of young girls to women’s future place in society and their potential for upward mobility. To women reformers of various stripes—temperance advocates, labor leaders and suffragists—Holly and her historic bill symbolized what was possible when women gained a voice in politics: the right to one’s own body. By petitioning legislators in dozens of states to revise statutory rape laws, these women forged interracial and cross-class collaborations and learned the political skills they’d later use to push for suffrage. Today, as the United States marks the centennial of the ratification of the 19th Amendment, the impact of women in politics, and their fight to maintain their bodily autonomy, remain touchstones of the nation’s political conversation. Most often, women worried about sexual violence, prostitution, and STIs joined the temperance movement because they believed that alcohol fueled abuse against women and children and because, unlike discussing sex, talking about alcohol didn’t breach societal taboos
The Women's Club of Pittsford is a member of GFWC New York, which is a member of the Middle Atlantic Region. MAR includes New York, Delaware, New Jersey and Pennsylvania. MAR is one of eight GFWC Regions.