Suffrage anniversary commemorations highlight racial divide

Former Gov. Madeleine Kunin discusses her experiences and Vermont's history of women in politics
Published: Aug. 26, 2020 at 3:39 PM EDT|Updated: Aug. 26, 2020 at 6:50 PM EDT
Email This Link
Share on Pinterest
Share on LinkedIn

BURLINGTON, Vt. (WCAX) - All over the country on Wednesday, people commemorated the 100th anniversary of the 19th Amendment in the United States. The law said no one could be denied the right to vote because of gender.

In Burlington, speakers came together in front of City Hall to talk about the past and about the future.

Bishop Shannon MacVean-Brown of the Episcopal Diocese of Vermont noted that this anniversary gave the right for white women to vote. She says it wasn't until the Equal Voting Act of 1965 that race no longer became a barrier.

"But today as we celebrate, we have come together as a diverse group of people, concerned about our future and the concern about everyone's right to vote," MacVean-Brown said.

“There are 7 million more women in the U.S., in this country, than men. We hold the power to change our laws, our leaders, our lives and the world. And although this year marks the first 100th year of suffrage, it doesn’t need to take another 100 years to make those changes a reality,” said Lisa Senecal, the chair of the Vermont Commission on Women.

There were also women running for statewide office who spoke at the event. Many wore sashes and carried signs to honor of the suffragists from 100 years ago.

Our Cat Viglienzoni spoke with former Gov. Madeleine Kunin about the significance of the milestone and what steps remain unfinished, and they discussed Vermont’s history of women in politics.

Copyright 2020 WCAX. All rights reserved.