‘It’s not only my right, it’s my responsibility to honor those women’
Durango celebrates 100th anniversary of women’s right to vote
By Shannon Mullane Pine River Valley reporter
Wednesday, Aug. 26, 2020
One hundred years ago today, the United States adopted a new constitutional amendment: Women would have the right to vote.On Saturday, La Plata County residents celebrated that historic day with a salute to the diverse women who made it happen – and a heightened appreciation for the right to vote.
The 19th Amendment was a victory 70 years in the making, but Black, Hispanic, Asian and Native American women continued to face barriers to voting for decades after it passed. Its anniversary coincides with the Black Lives Matter movement and concerns about voting access during the coronavirus pandemic. On Saturday, residents roamed an open-air suffragist gallery, taking stock of the historic moment.
“My big takeaway is just wanting young girls to vote,” said Caitlin Cannon of Durango. “Sojourner Truth risked her life and endured incredible abuse to fight for the ability to vote, and then people just don’t do it?” Read More…