Editor’s note: This editorial was scheduled to run as the final piece in a series commemorating the 100th anniversary of the 19th Amendment. Hurricane Laura interfered, so we are running it now.

As we celebrate the 100th anniversary of the addition of the 19th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, some of the first names and faces that come to the forefront as leaders of the women’s suffrage movement are white. Susan B. Anthony and Elizabeth Cady Stanton are prime examples.

Margaret Battistelli Gardner: 409.683.5227; Margaret.Gardner@galvnews.com

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Margaret joined The Daily New in December 2019, bringing more than 20 years of editorial experience to the team. A Philadelphia native, she lives in Galveston County with her husband, Steve, and their dog Nanook.

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(6) comments

Bailey Jones

It's also worth noting that one of the selling points of suffrage in the south was the ability to increase the white vote, while expanding Jim Crow to disenfranchise a whole new class of black Americans.

I would add to your list Rosanell Eaton, a black woman who, in the 1940s, outwitted Jim Crow's literacy laws to vote in North Carolina, only to have to fight again in 2013, at age 92, against the state's voter ID law that would have prevented her and 53,000 others - mostly black - from voting.

It's a great American story - https://www.npr.org/sections/codeswitch/2018/12/12/675866249/remembering-rosanell-eaton-an-outspoken-advocate-for-voting-rights

Gary Miller

The great story is our Constitution that provided for a "More perfect union" Female sufferage improved the union. Ending slavery improved the union. Black sufferage improved the union. More improvement is likely in the future. Like outlawing Socialism, media lying or Crony Capitalism. Protect the Constitution it will make America a better union again in the future. The worlds best country can still get better if the constitution is preserved.

Bailey Jones

I'm with you on Crony Capitalism. Step one is getting corporate cash out of elections. No quid, no quo.

Dan Freeman

I am glad the editorial mentioned the 1882 Chinese Exclusion Act that ensured Chinese immigrant Mabel Ping-Hua Lee would not be allowed to vote, even after the passage of the 19th Amendment. Ironically, Sen. Aaron Augustus Sargent, who introduced what would later become the 19th Amendment, was also a proponent of the Chinese Exclusion Act which stayed in effect until 1943.

Bailey Jones

America's first immigration law, or very near to it, IIRC. Amazingly we had OPEN BORDERS!!! OMG OPEN BORDERS!!! before then.

Carlos Ponce

Native Americans had open borders - something they later regretted.

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