August 21, 2020
April 18th, 1920, Tennessee ratified the 19th amendment assuring its passage. Credit for the women’s suffrage movement has been given to Susan B. Anthony. The 15th amendment, which gave black men voting rights, was approved in 1877, but it was still illegal for women of any color to vote.
Why were women deprived of voting privileges for so long? In my opinion it was a matter of education. The long-held tradition that women should be kept “barefoot and pregnant” was coined by a Kansas doctor, Arthur E. Hertzler. The phrase was used to describe women’s role in society for many years....