Karen Menke on women’s rights
Our own Kingwood Area Democrat Karen Menke has done it again. Her new piece could not be more timely.
March is National Women’s History Month. This month we remember and celebrate the struggle for women’s rights in America over the past 165 years. The movement for equality of women in the United States began in 1848 when a group of 300 women convened in Seneca Falls, NY. They prepared a “Declaration of Sentiments,” listing women’s grievances including: women were not permitted to obtain a college education, to enter the professions, to own property if married and were subject to beatings by their husbands without repercussions.
The most controversial of these “sentiments” was denial to women of the right to vote. While many of the early goals, such as education and rights to property, were obtained within a few years, the attainment of full citizenship with the right to vote did not occur until 1920. With that goal achieved, the National Women’s Suffrage Association reconfigured into the League of Women Voters, which still supports the right to vote for all citizens and provides non-partisan data on candidates.