Women Got the Vote 100 Years Ago. Now We Have to Get Something Else Right

August 30, 2019 | Swanee Hunt

This week begins the 100th year of the adoption of the 19th Amendment to the US Constitution, encoding the universal right of women to vote. A century later, the stats are jaw-dropping. In the last presidential election, 10 million more women voted than men. So what?

It’s not that simple, is it?

The suffragists movement has been rightly criticized for its exclusion of women of color and use of racist rhetoric. We can’t blindly celebrate this anniversary—we must contemplate it.

I penned an op-ed for CNN.com, taking a look back at the legacy of the 19th Amendment and its connection to the 21st-century protest movement. I hope you’ll take a moment to read—and reflect—upon it.

Women got the vote 100 years ago. Now we have to get something else right.