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Celebration: 19th Amendment’s passage deserves spotlight

West Virginia Secretary of State Mac Warner is forming a committee to plan the commemoration and celebration of the passage of the 19th Amendment 100 years ago.

Yes, incredible as it may seem, it has been only 100 years since women won the right to vote in this country. And “won” is the operative word. Under leaders such as Susan B. Anthony, Elizabeth Cady Stanton, Lucy Stone, Lucretia Mott, Ida Wells and Alice Paul (and many others who were not marquee names), the women’s suffrage movement fought for more than 70 years before it won.

Well, won the right to vote, anyway. There is still a LOT of work to be done so far as being viewed as true equals to men in the political realm.

Political attacks against women still tend toward jabs about their appearance or their emotions; while unhinged men have the luxury of being dubbed “passionate” about a cause.

But in time, women of the same stock as Anthony or Stanton WILL win that fight, too.

For now, it is important to celebrate the milestone that will give them that opportunity.

“What we’ve done in that 100 years since women gained the right to vote has been remarkable,” said Kat Williams, a professor of U.S. women’s history at Marshall University.

No doubt Warner’s committee will develop a plan not only for commemorating that work, but for educating and propelling our young people to live in the same spirit that fueled it.

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