Women In The Streets - The History of Misogyny In The U.S.

posted Oct 20, 2016 by Kathy Pinna
In 1775, Abigail Adams wrote to John Adams "...I desire you would remember the ladies and be more generous and favorable to them than your ancestors. Do not put such unlimited power into the hands of the husbands. Remember, all men would be tyrants if they could. If particular care and attention is not paid to the ladies, we are determined to foment a rebellion, and will not hold ourselves bound by any laws in which we have no voice or representation.”

142 years later, women were marching in the streets - being arrested, jailed, sometimes beaten, and even force fed - for the right to vote. It wasn't until 1920 that women (through the 19th amendment) were "given" the right to vote in the U.S. and now, 96 years later, a woman has the possibility of being President of the United States. In the 70 years leading up to the 19th amendment, suffragettes were characterized as "unattractive" and "not marriageable" in an effort to dismiss their demands. One pamphlet even said that giving a woman the vote would be wrong "Because in some States more voting women than voting men will place the Government under petticoat rule." (A bad thing, we're guessing.)

While some charges (being "unattractive", having a "shrill voice", and not looking "Presidential") persist, the truth is that woman now have the vote, thanks to the brave women such as those in this video.
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