The right of citizens of the United States to vote shall not be denied or abridged by the United States or by any state on account of sex.
That’s the simple beauty of the Nineteenth Amendment to the United States Constitution, granting women the right to vote. It was ratified in 1920, meaning that there are women alive today who were born before they had that right.
It’s said that the suffragists who fought for women’s voting rights wore white. That’s not entirely true, although they often did. In their honor, I plan to vote in white jeans and white boots, the clothing that will be most visible when I wear a coat.
In a cruel twist, the only current American money to feature a woman: the much-hated Susan B. Anthony dollar coin, shunned because it’s almost the same size as a quarter. Anthony was a prominent suffragist who died in 1906, before she ever had the chance to vote.
Last month there was a brief Twitter movement to repeal the 19th Amendment. Voting is a fragile right. Keep it strong by exercising it.