Celebrate Women

This is the week to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the 19th Amendment, which granted women the right to vote. It became an official part of the Constitution on August 18, 1920, when Tennessee became the 36th state to ratify it.

The 19th*, a nonprofit, nonpartisan newsroom reporting on the intersection of gender, politics and policy, launched on August 9. The name says it all. The asterisk shows the work left to be done. Only 23.7 percent of Congress is female; only 7.4 percent of state legislators are women of color. The Poynter Institute school of journalism recently published a story about The 19th*, or you can check out their website at: https://19thnews.org

USA Today recognized “Women of the Century” in their Friday, August 14, issue. The project recognizes the accomplishments of American women to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the 19th Amendment. Women imagined and created; they protested and fought; and ultimately, they transformed our country. USA Today picked a national list of 100 influential women and recognized more than 500 additional women state-by-state, including the District of Columbia and inhabited U.S. territories. DC’s list of influential women includes Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Eleanor Roosevelt, and Sonia Sotomayor. Read about Women of the Century at: https://www.usatoday.com/womenofthecentury/

The Ward 6 Dems' "Women of Ward 6" feature returns in September, when we'll be focusing on beloved local singer and songwriter Roberta Flack.