August 26 | Women’s Suffrage Day

By Verna Griffin-Tabor

and Nirvana Habash

The collective notion that women should have the right to vote came together at Seneca Falls, New York in 1848. 72 years later, this came to life as the 19th Amendment to the United State’s Constitution. The Amendment, passed on August 26th, was a contentious piece of legislation, presented in front of an all-male Congress. Even among a storm of opposition, many brave, tenacious and unflappable women would not accept the oppressive beliefs and fears limiting their basic rights!

It is upon those suffragettes’ shoulders that we stand today.

Their courage and passion continues to inspire all of us who are committed to the movement for all people—all around the globe— to have basic human rights and the freedom to live peacefully.

The wounds of harassment and violence can be felt in Steubenville, New Delhi, the Congo, San Diego and far too many other places to list.

There isn’t a woman in the world that doesn’t some time during her daily routine plan for her safety in some fashion; needing to make decisions that would protect her from being sexually assaulted!

Questions like “what was she wearing” and “what she was drinking” perpetuate victim blaming, a conditioned way of thinking that propagates rape culture. Rather, the question should be framed as “how is it possible that we live in a world in which another human being chooses to demean and humiliate and violate another with such degradation?”

This must stop— and at CCS we know it CAN be stopped. Violence is a learned behavior and can be changed. Everyone can do their part large or small.

Let’s honor Women’s Suffrage Day by getting involved, educating ourselves and by speaking up when we see the violence in our families, friendships and communities.

“We cannot all succeed when half of us are held back.”

-Malala Yousafzai, Activist for Education and Human Rights for Girls and Women

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