Margaret Eby
August 26, 2014 11:36 am

On this day in 1920, the 19th Amendment to the Constitution—you know, the one that granted women the right to vote—was signed into law. We, of course, believe that women’s equality is a basic life tenet and not just a day, but it’s a great occasion to remind ourselves how far we have come and how much farther we have to go to make that a reality. Here are some simple ways to make today matter.

1. Register to Vote

It took women a long, hard struggle to be equally enfranchised in the United States. There’s no better way to honor their fight than to exercise your right to vote. Midterm elections are fast approaching, It’s quick, easy and satisfying. Here, just try it.

2. Brush up on the history of the women’s movement

For starters, try this excellent interview with historian Linda Gordon about the intersection of the labor right’s movement and the women’s movement. Or this primer on suffragette Alice Paul.

3. Read President Obama’s speech commemorating the day

A taste? “The dreams of too many mothers and daughters continue to be deferred and denied,” Obama said. “There is still more work to do and more doors of opportunity to open.”

4. Test your knowledge with this Women’s History Quiz. 

It’s harder than you think!

5. Check out this treasure trove of suffragette protest songs.

And, you know, this little ditty from Mary Poppins is always worth another listen.

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