SUFFRAGE AND VOTING RIGHTS
The United States Constitution gave the right to vote to white, landowning men. It was another 131 years before women got the right to vote with the ratification of the 19th Amendment. However, many women of color still couldn't vote then. Southern states used restrictive laws calling for poll taxes and literacy tests to stop people from voting. The Voting Rights Act of 1965 was intended to correct these problems.
Voting problems still exist today, with states using voter suppression techniques to stop people from voting. These include purging voter rolls, limitations on early voting, disinformation, caging lists (using undelivered mail to purge voter rolls), id requirements, and gerrymandering (redistricting to ensure one party dominates). Each of us can educate ourselves on the issues involved and take action through any of the organizations listed below. Many organizations work on both the national and the state and local levels.
WHAT CAN I DO?
The historical women of We Did It For You! didn’t just stand by. If Susan B. Anthony, or Alice Paul, or Rosa Parks were alive today, what social cause would she be fighting for? It is time we all act. Each box above connects you to organizations involved in creating solutions. Check out these organizations.