Why Election Day Is Historic For Women, No Matter Who Wins


By CHRIS CARSON, President of the League of Women Voters of the United States
 
8 days ago

As I sit here on the eve of this historic election, I think about this moment and what it means for our history. When the League of Women Voters was founded in 1920, it was hard to imagine a women would ever run for president, let alone be at the top of a major party’s ticket. At the time, only one woman had ever served in the U.S. Congress. Jeannette Pickering Rankin of Montana was in the House of Representatives and actually voted for the 19th Amendment, prohibiting any U.S. citizen from being denied the right to vote on the basis of sex.

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