As we celebrate the 100th anniversary of women’s right to vote and the lives of the women who fought hard for the ratification of the 19th Amendment, we are remiss if we do not acknowledge that the women’s right to vote in 1920 only provided for the right of white women to vote. The amendment fell short for Black, Indigenous and Women of Color, even though they crusaded, wrote and marched for the equality of all women. We need to recognize women like Ida B. Wells, Fannie Lou Hamer, Sojourner Truth, Harriet Tubman, Adelina "Nina" Otero-Warren, Dolores "Lola" Armijo, Marie Louise Bottineau Baldwin, Gertrude Simmons Bonnin and Susette La Flesche Tibbles and so many more. These women not only fought for for women’s equality, they were also fighting for racial equality. They continued to advocate, to march and to lead the fight for equality for decades beyond 1920.
To read about these amazing women, please checkout these resources on their lives and activism.