Tuesday, August 26, 2008

88 Years

Today marks the 88th year since the passing of the 19th Amendment - the Woman Suffrage Amendment - to the United States Constitution. This Amendment gave women, nation-wide, the right to vote for the first time, after 72 years of fighting for civil and women's rights.

Although this is a cause for celebration and reflection, NOW (National Organization for Women) has put together a few things that still need work:
  • no guaranteed medical leave for childbirth in the US
  • little public support for quality childcare for working parents
  • access to affordable birth control in jeopardy
You can view some of the celebrations from the Democratic National Convention yesterday here.

In Canada, the right for women to vote was passed for most of the county by the mid-1920s and the entire country by 1940.

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