Alice Paul was force-fed and incarcerated in November 1917 while fighting for her right to vote. The resulting press attention and continued demonstrations kept the pressure on President Woodrow Wilson. He announced his support for women’s suffrage in 1918 and the 19th Amendment was ratified in 1920.
Ida B. Wells co-founded the first black women’s suffrage association in the United States in 1913. The club played a pivotal role in electing the first African-American alderman in Chicago in 1915, Oscar DePriest.
“Hurrah, and vote for suffrage!” Febb Ensminger Burn wrote to her son, Tennessee legislator Harry Burn, in 1920. This letter changed his Harry’s mind, making him the deciding vote and thereby giving women the right to vote nationwide.
TAMMY BALDWIN, the Senator-Elect from Wisconsin, will become the first openly gay person ever elected to Senate.
MAZIE HIRONO, the Senator-Elect from Hawaii, will become the first Asian-American woman in Senate.
TAMMY DUCKWORTH, the Representative-Elect for Illinois, will become the first disabled female veteran elected to the House of Reps. (she lost both her legs in the Iraq War).
Tonight is one for the history books.
Women make up “half the sky” but still only 20% on the Senate. We are on our way towards progress but we aren’t there yet. Still 1 in 5 is something to celebrate and this is outstanding for all the women who were elected.
Texas Judge Who Beat His Daughter Is Reinstated To Bench
There was outrage across the nation last November when video of a 2004 beating that a local judge in Texas gave to his 16-year-old daughter went viral.
Within days, Aransas County Court-at-Law Judge William Adams was suspended by the State Commission on Judicial Conduct.
This week, he was reinstated to the bench, the Houston Chronicle reports.
Interpol elects French woman as first female president
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