August 20, 2015
If you read the news Tuesday chances are you heard that it was the 95th birthday of a pretty important (ok, very important) day in history– the anniversary of the 19th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, which granted women the right to vote.
The importance of this ratification to the Constitution on August 18, 1920 is obvious, since it (finally) acknowledged that women deserve the same right to vote as men. And when thinking about all of the wonderful women in my family lineage, it’s pretty crazy to think that only a few of them have been able to vote. It really illuminates the importance of the right to vote, which so many fought for.
When this important day in history occurred Mormor was not yet born. She came into the world 11 years later and, like me, never knew a world where women couldn’t vote. However, when I think about Emma and The Ladies of The Danish Home of Chicago, and what their lives were like back around the turn of the century, I wonder what this momentous time must have meant to them.
The state of Illinois has actually played an impressive role in the history of the women’s suffrage movement. In 1913 Governor Edward F. Dunne signed a bill into law making Illinois the first state east of the Mississippi River to allowed women to vote in presidential elections. In addition, The League of Women Voters also has Windy City roots, as it was founded as “a mighty experiment” at the Victory Convention of the National Woman Suffrage Association in Chicago in 1920.
Danish Home founder Emma Thorsen was definitely a woman with a mission back in the late 19th century. In 1871 she began developing her plan to help elderly Danes here in Chicago, and by 1891 the first meeting of The Society for The Danish Old’s People’s Home was held with 12 women in attendance. Several years later The Home would open in Norwood Park, Chicago, where it remains today as a beautiful symbol of what so many wonderful women (and men) sought to accomplish so long ago. As a current resident of the Home, Mormor can attest to The Danish Home’s dedicated legacy of offering a dignified, high quality home to all residents.
In celebration of the wonderful accomplishments of these women, and so many more throughout history, here are some other important “firsts” for women around the world.
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