Monday, June 4, 2007

On June 4 ...

... 1919, Congress passed a joint resolution sending to the states for ratification the following proposed amendment to the U.S. Constitution:
The right of citizens of the United States to vote shall not be denied or abridged by the United States or by any State on account of sex.
Congress shall have power to enforce this article by appropriate legislation.
This guarantee of women's suffrage would become the 19th Amendment in August of the same year.
... 1913, Emily Wilding Davison (left), who'd been jailed no fewer than 7 times in 3 years for her militancy in the cause of Englishwomen's suffrage, threw herself under the King's horse as it ran in the Derby at Epsom Race Course. She died from her injuries days later. Women's Social and Political Union founder Emmeline Pankhurst wrote that Davison hoped to "put an end to the intolerable torture of women"; however, popular revulsion toward Davison's action may have slowed enfranchisement efforts in England.

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