Lt. Gov. Juliana Stratton comment on 100th Anniversary of the Ratification of the 19th Amendment: "This milestone leads me to a spirit of reflection. Before there were strong, inclusive organizations that support women’s issues, before the MeToo Movement, there were women who fought for the right to vote for themselves, and for generations of women to come. Among these fearless women on the frontlines of the Suffrage Movement, were Black women who had the additional challenge of battling systemic racism.
"I imagine that they drew upon the courage of their ancestors, the women who endured the Middle Passage, and came to these shores, battered, chained, and without regard to their intellect or humanity. Yet the strength of these women could not be denied, their voices could not be silenced, their resolve could not be shaken. In 1851, Sojourner Truth, a former slave, delivered a speech at the Women’s Rights Convention that addressed whether or not Black women had a place in the fight against sexism. She asked a simple, powerful question, ‘Ain’t I A Woman?’ And from within the echoes of the answer, the charge was clear.
"I marvel at Black activist Ida B. Wells, and her courage during the first Suffrage Parade in Washington, D.C. in 1913. She and 60 other Black women were told to move to the back of the line. Wells said, ‘Either I go with you or not at all’ and marched right alongside them. On this 100th anniversary of the Ratification of the 19th Amendment, I thank all of the unsinkable women who paved the way for future generations—for fighting for our right to vote and to hold office. With you in mind, I dedicate my life to public service and the fight against systemic racism. I am inspired, humbled, and most of all, grateful for the opportunity to serve the people of Illinois."
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August 20, 2020 at 10:13AM