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Join us in commemorating the birthday of Jessie Daniel Ames. Jessie was a suffragist and the founder and first president of the League of Women Voters of Texas.
Learn more: https://tshaonline.org/handbook/online/articles/fam06
Veterans Day, also known as Armistice Day or Rememberance Day in other countries which fought in the First World War, is commemorated on the 11th of November, marking the armistice signed between the Allies and Central Powers. The armistice came into effect at 11am: the eleventh hour, of the eleventh day, of the eleventh month in 1918. Formerly known as Armistice Day in the United States, the name was changed to Veterans Day in 1954 to honor all those who have served and continue to serve in the United States Armed Forces.
Join us in commemorating the birthday of Elizabeth Cady Staton (1st generation suffragists). She was born in 1815 and was one of the speakers and organizers of the Seneca Falls Convention. Elizabeth was a co-founder of the National Woman Suffrage Associate (NWSA), which would later merge with the American Woman Suffrage Association (AWSA) to form the National American Woman Suffrage Association (NAWSA) in 1890. After the ratification of the 19th Amendment, the NAWSA evolved into the League of Women Voters (LWV) in 1920.
** Mother of Harriet Stanton Blatch (2nd generation suffragist) **
-- NWHM: https://www.womenshistory.org/education-resources/biographies/lucy-stone
-- PBS: https://www.pbs.org/video/the-vote-part-1-3kph5d (11 minutes in)
-- LOC: https://www.loc.gov/resource/rbnawsa.n8361/?sp=7 (p. 7)
-- Seneca Falls Convention:
#OnThisDay, Bush signed the 1991 Civil Rights Act (CRA), which provided the right to trial by jury on discrimination claims. It also added provisions to Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 that expanded the rights of women and disabled persons. #CivilRights
-- 1866 Johnson vetos CRA of 1866, but veto is overridden by Congress (define citizenship and guaranteed citizens equal protection)
-- 1875 Grant signs CRA of 1875 (guaranteed African Americans equal treatment in public accommodations, public transportation, and prohibited their exclusion from jury service)
-- 1883 SCOTUS rules 7-1 that CRA of 1875 is unconstitutional
-- 1957 Eisenhower signs CRA of 1957 (forms the Civil Rights Commission)
-- 1960 Johnson signs CRA of 1960 (guaranteed qualified voters the right to register to vote
-- 1964 Johnson signs CRA of 1964 (prohibited discrimination in public accommodations and employment)
-- 1968 Johnson signs CRA of 1968 (guaranteed equal housing opportunities)
-- 1991 Bush signs the CRA of 1991 (expanded the rights of women and disabled persons)
Bush Library: https://bush41library.tamu.edu/archives/public-papers/3660
Library of Congress: https://www.loc.gov/exhibits/civil-rights-act/legal-events-timeline.html
Sojourner Truth (1797-1883) was an American abolitionist and women‘s rights activist. Born into slavery in Ulster County, New York, Truth escaped with her infant daughter to freedom in 1826. After going to court to recover her son, in 1828 she became the first black woman to win such a case against a white man. She gave herself the name Sojourner Truth in 1843 after she became convinced that God had called her to "testify the hope that was in me." Truth‘s best-known speech was famously delivered extemporaneously in 1851 at the Ohio Women‘s Rights Convention in which she demanded equal human rights for all women as well as for all blacks. During the Civil War, Truth helped recruit black troops for the Union Army and began riding in Washington DC‘s streetcars to force their desegregation. Following the war, Truth lobbied the federal government for seven years attempting to secure land grands for formerly enslaved persons, though this effort was ultimately unsuccessful. A lifelong radical, Truth continued her activism on behalf of women‘s rights, prison reform, and against capital punishment until the time of her death in 1883.
Join us in commemorating the birthday of Shirley Chisholm (1924-2005). Shirley was an educator, activist, and politician who achieved a number of historic 1sts
-- 1968 1st black woman elected to the Congress
-- 1972 1st woman to run for the Democratic presidential nomination
-- 1972 1st African American to run for President of the US
Learn more: https://www.womenshistory.org/education-resources/biographies/shirley-chisholm