Academic journal article Women and Language

Sandra West [SMTP:misswest@juno.com]writes, regarding the Historic Date Designation for August 26

Academic journal article Women and Language

Sandra West [SMTP:misswest@juno.com]writes, regarding the Historic Date Designation for August 26

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Sandra West [SMTP:misswest@juno.com]writes, regarding the historic date designation for August 26. She asks that you celebrate Women's History Month by sharing her message with two friends and asking them to do the same. She notes the historical facts that in April 1775, North American white male landowners besieged British troops in Boston MA and started a bloody eight-year war to separate the American colonies from external governance that eventually led to the U.S. Constitution that guaranteed white male citizens the right to vote; and that in April 1861, southern white male landowners fired on Fort Sumter SC, starting a bloody four-year war that led to the 15th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution intending to guarantee all male citizens the right to vote.

In contrast, American women in July 1848 gathered at Seneca Falls NY, starting a bloodless 72-year effort that culminated in August 26, 1920 approval of the 19th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution intending to give all American citizens the right to vote. West points out that extensive Independence Day celebrations on July 4 annually commemorate the 1776 Declaration while August 26, 1920, actually the universal American day of liberty deserving to be celebrated by one and all is currently designated Women's Equality Day and celebrated by few. …

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