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What does it mean to reclaim the 20’s?
Reclaim the 20’s is year-long digital series celebrating the 100-year anniversary of women earning the right to vote in a historically accurate frame. Meaning, we talk openly about the fact that while all women were granted the right to vote in 1920, not all women were able to exercise that right. In fact, most discussion of the adoption of the 19th amendment is done through the frame of a white woman’s experience and often leaves out what Black women and other women of color did to help make it happen.
This August marks 100 years since the ratification of the 19th Amendment guaranteeing all women the right to vote.\n\nThe dominant narrative is framed through the experiences of white women, Black women played a major role in obtaining the right to vote.https://www.usatoday.com/story/life/womenofthecentury/2020/02/08/black-history-month-these-19-black-women-fought-voting-rights/2842276001/\u00a0\u2026— Lawyers' Committee \u260e\ufe0f866-OUR-VOTE (@Lawyers' Committee \u260e\ufe0f866-OUR-VOTE) 1582311651
In this series, we want to celebrate what women of color did to help women finally get the right to vote, what challenges they still experienced even after they were given the “right” to vote, and what we can do now, 100 years later, to ensure we are writing and making our own history.
Even though most women of color did not receive the opportunity to vote in 1920 with the passage of the 19th Amendment, we still need to celebrate those hard-working #BlackSuffragists & their Asian, Native & Latina sisters who were in the trenches fighting for that right.pic.twitter.com/AdOHTAsxTA— MLDwrites (@MLDwrites) 1578415983
2020 is a pivotal year for many reasons. 100 years after women were given the right to vote, women, especially Latinas and women of color, have the opportunity to change the outcome in every election in the United States. Latinas are the largest group of women of color at 30 million. Imagine if every Latina eligible to vote actually voted? We would never be ignored again. Let’s #Reclaimthe20s.