Washington, DC–Emerge President A’shanti F. Gholar released the following statement one day in advance of the 100th Anniversary of the ratification of the 19th Amendment, which granted women the right to vote:
“While we celebrate the progress for women that the ratification of the 19th Amendment brought, we also believe that it is equally important to recognize that this progress was uneven and lasting. Black, brown and Indigenous women were left behind by the 19th Amendment and not able to enjoy full voting rights until 1965. We see the implications of this throughout our society today, starting with fewer women of color being elected and appointed to offices throughout our government. We have more work to do, and, in celebration of and commitment to a more inclusive future, we are focused on ensuring that our Democracy represents our communities by training women candidates who run and win.”
In commemoration of the 19th Amendment, Emerge is hosting three events on Tuesday, August 18, during the Democratic National Convention. At 12 p.m. ET, the organization is hosting a Twitter town hall with women running for Congress this year using the hashtag #AtTheTable. At 3 p.m. ET, they are hosting a panel discussion with Black women leaders to look back at some of the unsung heroes of the suffrage movement, examine where we are today with Black women’s political representation, and examine solutions to overcome barriers and build a more equitable system. Register here or join the discussion on YouTube at www.youtube.com/emerge. And, at 6 p.m. ET, Emerge is hosting a training to help women get involved this election cycle and to encourage them to run for office. Register here to participate.