It is hard to believe that 95 years ago, on August 26, 1920, Women received the right to vote. Actually let me revise that, after a fierce battle, protests and a lot of indignity, Women fought for and earned the right to vote. We are no longer treated like second-class citizens, but are given the same privileges that a man is given in the United States of America. With this being a Campaign year for a new president, it is important to remember that these rights and privileges did not just pop out of the dirt like flowers on a spring day. No, The dirt had to be soften, sifted, patted and watered for the seed of Women’s Equality to grow. It was a long fight and one that didn’t end well for many women on that battle ground.
The importance of the battle for Women’s Equality can be found in the new movie Suffragette being released October 23. It is a drama about women who were willing to lose everything in their fight for equality in early-20th-century Britain, including their jobs, their homes, their children, and even their lives. Although this film takes place in Britain, it can be compared to what women in the US had to go through to get our rights to vote as well. Without these brave and determined women willing to make the ultimate sacrifices, women today may still have been second-class citizens.
Watch the trailer below and catch a sneak peek into the world of Suffragettes.
In honor of such sacrifices, I invite you to join me tomorrow, Aug 26, 2015 and share the significance of Women’s Equality Day (#WomensEqualityDay) and the all new movie Suffragette (#Sufragette) by wearing the colors of suffrage – purple, for dignity and ability, green for hope, and white for purity. Share the colors and celebrate the 95th Anniversary of 19th Amendment, which gave women the right to vote back in 1920.
Learn more facts and info about Woman’s Suffrage in this awesome printable that shares facts about Women’s Equality, important people of the time, and a little quiz to check your knowledge. Click the image below to download this free printable!
While kids may not be able to watch the Suffragette trailer (it is pretty intense) or watch the upcoming movie, they can still learn a little history using the printable fact sheet above. You could also play “Sister Suffragette” from Walt Disney’s Mary Poppins where she sings about Women’s Equality. Mrs. Banks sums up the events and protests pretty well in her fun upbeat song. #VotesforWomen
Now go forth tomorrow wearing Purple, Green and White!