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Despite great strides made by the international women’s rights movement over many years, women and girls around the world are still married as children or trafficked into forced labor and sex slavery. They are refused access to education and political participation, and some are trapped in conflicts where rape is perpetrated as a weapon of war.
Around the world, deaths related to pregnancy and childbirth are needlessly high, and women are prevented from making deeply personal choices in their private lives. Human Rights Watch is working toward the realization of women’s empowerment and gender equality—protecting the rights and improving the lives of women and girls on the ground.
Most Americans learn one, specific version of the history of woman suffrage: that a few bold, white women led a movement for equal voting rights and achieved victory 100 years ago, when the United States ratified the 19th Amendment. That, we’re told, enabled all American women to vote. But history is never as simple as the stories we tell about it. After that historic milestone, more women could cast a ballot than ever before, and yet the fight for women’s equal voting rights was, and still is, far from over.
Amended travels from the 1800’s through to the present day to show us a quest for women’s full equality that has always been as diverse, complex and unfinished as the nation itself.
The 19th Amendment states that the right to vote “shall not be denied or abridged by the United States or by any State on account of sex.” In theory, this language guaranteed that all women in the United States could not be prevented from voting because of their gender. In reality, a continual disregard for the 15th Amendment–which had been ratified 50 years earlier and banned voter discrimination based on race–created a loophole to prevent black women and other women of color from voting on account of their race.
President Ulysses S. Grant proclaimed the 15th Amendment as “the greatest civil change [that] constitutes the most important event that has occurred since the nation came into life.” Unfortunately, his hopes for a genuine bi-racial democracy were eventually overturned during the Jim Crow era. Southern states used voting restrictions such as literacy tests, poll taxes, and grandfather clauses. Voter intimidation and outright violence such as lynchings and murders were also used to keep black men from the polls. By the turn of the 20th century, the vast majority of the Southern Black population was effectively disenfranchised. The Major Question is that one can is , have things gotten truly better since then ?