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Wednesday, June 08, 2016

History is Made: Women Still Come in Last

As Hillary Clinton becomes the first woman (endorsed by major political party) to run for President in the USA, we should remember that throughout history, women have always gained these rights last. Ratified on February 3, 1870, the 15th Amendment made it possible for African-American men to vote. It wasn't until May 19, 1919 that the 19th Amendment paved the way for women to exercise the right to vote. So in the historical tradition of our country, the first African-American President came prior to a woman running for the office. If she wins, however, not only will both historical records be attributed to the DFL, but it will not have taken 49 years for women to catch up (as it did between the 15th and 19th Amendments). A win by Hillary Clinton would also end 240 years of male (only) U.S. Presidents.

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