Entry for March 15, 2007

Engraving from biography by Morrison-Reeves Library in Richmond, Indiana.

Happy Ides of March. On this day in 2005, the Equal Rights Amendment was reintroduced in Congress, but still is not part of the the Constitution. Back when Republicans were folks I could respect, on this day in 1859, George Washington Julian of Indiana introduced the womeen’s suffrasge amendment as a joint resolution in Congress. he also supported land reform and abolition of slavery.

IN 1872, Susan B. Anthony was arrested after casting an ‘illegal’ vote in the presidential election. She was fined $100 but refused to pay. She delivered this speech in 1873.

To them this government is not a democracy. It is not a republic. It is an odious aristocracy; a hateful oligarchy of sex; the most hateful aristocracy ever established on the face of the globe; an oligarchy of wealth, where the rich govern the poor. An oligarchy of learning, where the educated govern the ignorant, or even an oligarchy of race, where the Saxon rules the African, might be endured; but this oligarchy of sex, which makes father, brothers, husband, sons, the oligarchs over the mother and sisters, the wife and daughters, of every household – which ordains all men sovereigns, all women subjects, carries dissension, discord, and rebellion into every home of the nation.

The 19th amendment granting women suffrage finally passed August 26, 1920. The Equal Rights Amendment failed to pass.

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