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In the final hours of all the madness of a very "interesting" election season, to say the least, we thought we share with you some interesting facts about the chicas who have left their mark in history. Below we have listed five interesting facts that perhaps you didn't know about the suffrage movement and past U.S. female líderes:
1. Como?! One key vote allowed women to vote
The 19th Amendment ratification granting women the right to vote was passed by one vote. Harry Burn, the youngest legislator in Tennessee, voted “Sí” after receiving a letter from his mother. Burn said, “I knew that a mother’s advice is always safest for a boy to follow and my mother wanted me to vote for ratification.” Well done Burn!
2. Freedom before marriage for Susan B. Anthony
Susan B. Anthony, among many early suffrage supporters, remained single to avoid losing property ownership rights and to be able to make legal contracts on her own behalf, which married women were not able to do in the 1800’s. Anthony once said, “I never felt I could give up my life of freedom to become a man’s housekeeper.” Did someone say #girlboss?
3. “W” is for Wyoming and Women
Nellie Taylor Ross was the first female governor of a US state when she became Wyoming’s governor in 1924. Surprised it happened in Wyoming? Well, Wyoming was also the first state to give women the right to vote, setting in motion women’s suffrage in 1869. Go Wyoming!
4. A mujer could have become President 144 years ago!
Victoria Woodhull, a stock broker (first woman to operate a brokerage firm on Wall Street) and publisher of a controversial newspaper, was nominated by the Equal Rights Party for president in 1872 after gaining the respect of women’s rights activists. Unfortunately, her enemies got the best of her as she spent Election Day in jail for publishing an article accusing a popular preacher of adultery. Yet, this didn't stop her from becoming a leader in the suffrage movement. Sounds like someone was humming to Beyonce's tune. #girlboss
5. Women, picket protests, and the White House
Suffrage advocates are the very first group to hold a picket protest at the White House. Activist Alice Paul established a group called the Silent Sentinels, which began protesting outside the White House on January 10th, 1917. The protests lasted for more than two years and supporters held signs with captions such as “Mr.President, what will you do for woman suffrage?"