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August 26 1920 It was a day that to many was the It was perhaps one of the greatest victories of the century Now as the polls open women and men stand next to each other and cast a vote which holds the same importance The time and effort it took to get here shall be ingrained in every persons mind as they approach the poll booth There was a struggle to over come and that struggle was won in the end by forty-three words The landmark acceptance of the Nineteenth Amendment changed the way of life in American forever from the time before to the time of to the time after We were sixteen women sitting in sixteen chairs longing to stand Dubois 250 This quote given by Mary Baker before the Passing of the Nineteenth Amendment is used to show how women were wanting and desired to stand next to me in a line of equal measures Before 1920 life being female was assumed to be a life lived in the house watching over the children and making sure that everyone was happy If a female stepped out of this common place it would be looked upon as being a radical one who would never marry and one who would be forced to live her life in the shame of the town Needless to say it was a time where the lines between the male gender and the female gender was one of great defiance As Mary White Rowlandson remarked in her dying words It is a life I am no longer willing to lead I am old so it is better for me to die without the fight but you are young so fight and be seen Today replaces yesterday for as yesterday you had nothing to live for today you have the world It was the new life that was waiting behind the Nineteenth Amendment and every woman knew that it
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