The Green Party National Women’s Caucus (NWC) remembers the powerful impact of the suffragette movement and the First Convocation of Suffrage Movement, which took place 175 years ago.
On July 13, 1848, over 300 women and men gathered in Seneca Falls, New York for the First Convocation of Suffrage Movement. This historic gathering was the first of its kind in the United States, and it marked the beginning of a long and difficult struggle for women’s suffrage.
Over the next 72 years, women across the country fought tirelessly for the right to vote. They faced ridicule, harassment, and even violence, but they never gave up. In 1920, their hard work finally paid off when the 19th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution was ratified, granting women the right to vote.
The suffragette movement was a watershed moment in American history. It paved the way for women to make significant contributions to society in all areas of life. Today, women are leaders in government, business, education, and the arts. They are doctors, lawyers, scientists, and athletes. They are mothers, daughters, sisters, and friends.
“Voting has always meant a lot to me. I was one of the first to enjoy 18 year old voting. As a young activist, I was eager to do my part to change the world. I remain what is called a “super voter” voting even in off election years or for ballot initiatives. I’ve always set my bar high, therefore it’s not often that I will get the results that I’m wanting. When I do, it’s great. Because I do, it gives me reasons to stay engaged.” – Jennifer Sullivan, National Women’s Caucus Treasurer
The Green Party Women’s Caucus is proud to stand on the shoulders of the suffragettes. We are committed to continuing the fight for equality for all women. We know that there is still more work to be done, but we are confident that we can build on the progress that has already been made.
We are grateful for the suffragettes who came before us, and we are inspired by their legacy. We will continue to fight for a world where all women are treated with dignity and respect.
Thank you to the suffragettes for their legacy, and let us all continue to work together to create a more just and equitable world for all women.