There are so many amazing women who were a part of this that it was tough to single anyone out. The movement encompassed women from geographic, racial, religious, and socioeconomic walks of life.
When I lived in Virginia for a few years, my house was about a 25 minute drive from the Occoquan Workhouse, where many of the women were held after being arrested. I'd drive by the place and see the brick buildings and guard towers and think about what those women went through to get a right that so many of us take for granted today. They dared to be brave in the face of how they were treated and worked for change.
They were radical. In the US, they would chain themselves to fences, picket the White House, heckle the President, conduct public demonstrations such as parades and go on hunger strikes when arrested. None of this seems so shocking today, especially in the current political environment, but back then it was a pretty big deal for women to do these things.
These women inspire me because they stood up for what they believed in, and they did it at a time when women were supposed to be seen and not heard. They had a voice and they were not afraid to use it...no matter what happened. They were not afraid to be changemakers. It was not quick and it was not easy, but eventually they succeeded.
Don't be afraid to speak up for what you believe in. Thank you, women of the suffrage moment, for your inspiration.
Until next time,