Gender: Political Leadership
"The first woman presidential candidate on the ballot nationwide in US was Lenora Fulani in 1988. #BlackWomenDidThat" In the 1988 United States presidential election, Fulani was the New Alliance Party candidate. She became the first woman and the first African American to achieve ballot access in all fifty states. She received more votes for President in a U.S. general election than any other woman in history until the 2012 election when Jill Stein was the candidate for the Green Party.
The descendants of U.S. founding figures gathered to recreate this iconic painting 241 years after the signing of the Declaration of Independence, and in doing so, they helped illustrate the true diversity of the country. Artist: (top) “Declaration of Independence” by John Trumbull, 1819; Photo credit: (bottom) Ancestry, July 2017.
(2 of 3) Why We Still Need Women's Equality Day Women's Representation in 2015 AT THE FEDERAL LEVEL -3 out of 9 Supreme Court Justices are women -104 out of 535 members of Congress are women -84 out of 435 (19%) are women -20 out of 100 (20%) are women AT THE STATE LEVEL -6 out of 50 governors are women -256 out of 1,393 mayors are women -1,793 out of over 7,000 (24%) state legislatures are women Sources: Center for American Women and Politics
Gender: Suffrage, Voter Suppression & Disenfranchisement
Women's Suffrage - Wyoming was the 1st to permanently grant full voting rights to women in 1890. For more than a decade, women could vote in only four western states. By 1910, the National American Woman Suffrage Association a nd other groups had grown more organized in lobbying states for voting rights. With many women's groups supporting the war effort, 23 states extended voting rights to women leading up to passage of the 19th Amendment. Source: National Constitution Center/US House…
From the end of September 1909, forcible feeding was the common practice of dealing with hunger-striking suffragettes who were protesting against the government’s refusal to recognise them as political offenders. Some commercial publishers considered it a suitable subject for a comic postcard, seen here
“If you will only marry me you can have all woman’s rights. Such as staying up on evenings when I’m out late at nights. And should such things not satisfy the longings of your soul. You can wash up all the dishes and carry all the coal. As a really model husband I feel I’m bound to shine. So say that you take me to be Your Valentine.”
The Suffragette - "I told you so." “The Morning Suffragette Bulletin. A New Era of Prosperity at Hand. With the news that a suffragette has been elected as our next presidentess, several flatiron and rolling pin factories have resumed on full time. It is stated that 10,000,000 faltirons have been ordered by the new War Department alone.” Artist: Walter Wellman, 1909
Gender: Voting by the Numbers
(3 of 3) Why We Still Need Women's Equality Day WOMEN'S VOTER TURNOUT -Women have voted more than men in every presidential election since 1980 (71.4 million women voters in 2012 vs. 61.6 million men) -Almost 64% of eligible women voted in 2012, compared to almost 60% of eligible men. POLITICAL REPRESENTATION -Since 1995, the percentage of women in national legislatures has almost doubled worldwide, but still only 22% of all national elected representatives are female.