"The marvels of communication technology in the present have produced a false consciousness about the past—even a sense that communication has no history, or had nothing of importance to consider before the days of television and the Internet."Darnton qtd by Gladwell
A look at education and the American dream in the neighborhood where I began my Teach For America service
On Equality Day, the New York Times examines parallels between the woman suffrage movement and current citizenship debates.
Today marks the 90th anniversary of the Nineteenth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, which secured voting rights for women throughout the United States.
The media acknowledged the anniversary by recounting the dramatic story of the way suffragists won the final vote necessary for ratification, reflecting on the legacy of the Nineteenth Amendment, issuing a satirical call for its repeal, and assessing the current status of women in U.S. politics.
Meanwhile, a prominent woman in contemporary U.S. politics marked the day with two proclamations:
Amid the Twitter frenzy brought on by Palin’s posts, I can’t help but wonder: How would “those brave feminist foremothers” to which she refers respond?
Today of all days it’s worth revisiting the clear message for which they “struggled and sacrificed … and fought fearlessly,” and considering what it means for us, ninety years on.
Photo Credit: Library of Congress
National Woman’s Party members photographed on 6/2/1920, holding a banner that reads, “‘No Self Respecting Woman Should Wish or Work for the Success of a Party that Ignores Her Sex’ Susan B. Anthony, 1872 and 1884″