100th Anniversary Of Woman's Suffrage In Texas

Alan Scaia
June 28, 2019 - 7:04 am
100th Anniversary Of Woman's Suffrage In Texas

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DALLAS (1080 KRLD) - Friday marks the 100th anniversary of the day Texas ratified the amendment granting women the right to vote.

Texas ratified the 19th amendment to the U.S. Constitution June 28, 1919, and women were allowed to vote starting in 1920.

"Americans, because we don't know history like we should, often forget that women haven't even been voting 100 years," says Nancy Bocskor, the director of the Center for Women in Politics and Public Policy at Texas Woman's University.

Bocskor says the effort to grant women the right to vote actually started in 1848, but the movement was not signed into law until many of the people at the first convention at Seneca Falls, New York had died.

"I remind women this is a journey, not a sprint," she says. "These women's suffrage supporters could have just given up."

She says a process that continued more than 70 years highlights the importance of voter turnout for both men and women now.

"Some people go, 'My vote won't count,' or 'I don't want jury duty.' You should hear all the excuses," Bocskor says. "Women and men around the world die every day just for the privilege of having their voices heard. Americans forget how powerful they are. You don't have to be an attorney. You don't have to be a CEO of a Fortune 500 Company. You are hard-working Americans making sure your voices are heard."

Turnout for the May election in Tarrant County was 8.35%. Fort Worth, Arlington and ten other cities held contested elections for mayor.

Turnout in the June run-off in Dallas County was 9.89%, where voters elected Eric Johnson to replace Mike Rawlings, who was term-limited, as mayor of Dallas.​