Thursday, August 26, 2010

Women's Suffrage

Today marks the 90th anniversary of the 19th Amendment giving women the right to vote. Grace Coolidge cast her first vote in a Federal election on November 2, 1920 with her husband on the ballot for the Vice-President of the United States. In the photo above is Massachusetts Governor Calvin Coolidge and Grace voting in Northampton in 1920.
In 1930, Calvin Coolidge reflected on women's first decade of voting: "They are devoted, steadfast, sensible. They will not follow radical proposals, but will be influenced by moral values. Nothing can be safer for the commonwealth than the informed judgment of the mothers of the land."
Calvin Coolidge Says October 13, 1930

1 comment:

Jim Cooke said...

Coolidge's long-time dedication to the vote for women is worth noting; it began in 1905. (I don't believe FDR favored the vote for women untill women were voting.) Coolidge writes, in his Autobiography of his first term in the Massachusetts House of Representatives:
"I also supported a resolution calling for the direct election of United States Senators and another providing for woman suffrage. These measures did not have the approbation of the conservative element of my party, but I had all the assurance of youth and ignorance and later saw them all become the law."
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