Teaching feminist theory in my lit. class today, and asked the students if they could define what first wave and second wave feminism were. I also asked if they’d call themselves feminists — why or why not? (In previous years, at least a third of my class typically was hesitant to call themselves feminists, including many of the women.)
They’re in breakout rooms right now, we’ll see what what they say when they come back. But after winning the school board election yesterday, I’m reminded that the 19th amendment was only passed in 1919 (ratified in 1920).
There are likely women alive in America today who remember when women (their mothers) weren’t allowed to vote. Today, after winning my election, I’m thinking of them.
America STILL hasn’t had a woman president.