So stated the joint resolution as submitted by the sixty-six Congress of the United States of America “begun and held at the City of Washington on Monday, the nineteenth day of May, one thousand nine hundred nineteen.” It passed by two-thirds of the House during a special session of Congress called by President Woodrow Wilson and was signed by Speaker of the House of Representatives Frederick H. Gillett and Vice President of the United States and President of the Senate Thomas R. Marshall.
The resolution was passed on June 4th of that year and ratified by “three-fourths of the several States” on August 18, 1920. The ratification was certified by Secretary of State Bainbridge Colby on August 26th.
Lucretia Mott, a Quaker minister, said that she grew up “so thoroughly imbued with women’s rights that it was the most important question” of her life (nwhm.org).
After being “stymied” at the Anti-Slavery Convention in 1840, Mott met Elizabeth Cady Stanton. They organized the first Woman’s Rights convention at Seneca Falls, New York in 1848 and wrote “The Declaration of Sentiments,” which call for legal and societal changes for women. The document also demanded for women’s right to vote.
Along with the women heros mentioned above, Susan B. Anthony, Margaret Fuller, Lucy Stone, Julia Ward Howe, Carrie Chapman Catt, Abby Kelley Foster, Harriet Burton Laidlaw, Sojourner Truth, and Alice Paul are a few of the hundreds and thousands of women (and men) who wrote, spoke, organized, marched, rallied, and endured beatings, imprisonment and force-feeding during the eighty years since Mott and Stanton first met to achieve a woman’s right to vote.
To celebrate Women’s Equality Day, which Congress designated as August 26th at the behest of the late, great Bella Abzug (D-NY), the Pasadena Public Library will hold a special screening of Feminist: Stories from Women’s Liberation by Jennifer Lee. This film won the “Best of the Fest” award for documentary at the Los Angles Women’s International Film Festival and “explores the significance of the second wave of the women’s liberation movement on our lives.” The film covers the years 1063-1970 and interviewees included National Organization for Women (NOW) founder Betty Friedan, and author and activists Francis M. Beal, Robin Morgan, Sonia Pressman Fuentes, and Betita Martinez.
Running time is one hour. The screening will be followed by a Q&A with Ms. Lee.
Read more about Jennifer Lee at her website FeministStories.
Women’s Equality Day Celebration
Tuesday, August 26th, 7 p.m.
Pasadena Central Library, Donald R. Wright Auditorium
285 E. Walnut St., Pasadena
For more info visit
Or call Christine Reeder at 626.744.7076
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Partial list of women who led the suffragette movement may be found at NWHM.org.