On this day, June 4, in 1919 the 19th Amendment to the United States Constitution was passed by the American Congress giving women the right to vote. The Amendment was ratified on August 18, 1920, and saw women across America voting in their first national election in November 1920. That followed a prolonged struggle, with decades of protest and disquiet from advocates of the right for women to vote.
Reminds me of a different battle women in some countries of Africa and elsewhere face. Here’s an article I wrote a couple of years ago, from an interview with Liberian journalist Mae Azango, on the subject of female genital “cutting” in her country.