English: "Country Gentleman" magazin...

English: “Country Gentleman” magazine cover, November 1922. The 19th Amendment giving all women the right to vote wasn’t ratified until August 1920. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Women won the right to vote in 1920 with the passage of the 19th amendment to the US Constitution. Before then, only men could vote in national elections. Some men believed that women were not suited for making political decisions in a world dominated by money and power. With the right to vote comes the necessity that the entrenched power structure recognize the worth and the demands of those who can vote. After the GOP take away a woman’s control of her own body, women may expect that the GOP will attack a woman’s right to vote, using the tired old argument that women are not suited to the rough and tumble of politics. Ladies, beware.

Woman suffrage

English: Map of Women's Suffrage laws in vario...

English: Map of Women’s Suffrage laws in various states of the US immediately before passage of the Nineteenth Amendment in 1920 Full suffrage Presidential suffrage Primary suffrage Municipal suffrage School, bond, or tax suffrage Municipal suffrage in some cities Primary suffrage in some cities No suffrage (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Today August 26, 2012,  marks the 92nd anniversary of the passage of the 19th amendment in 1920 granting women the right to vote. I think that it is ironic that the anniversary falls only one day before the beginning of the Republican National Convention, a group of politicians who say that they are dedicated to bringing democracy to the world’s oppressed while at the same time, working to restrict democracy in the US.