The sacrifices women such as Susan B. Anthony and Elizabeth Cady Stanton made in ultimately securing the right to vote for all women will be celebrated Friday at Central High School in Phoenix.
The movement they started was not just for them and the women of that time. It was for the future, meant to continue on and be sustained, especially by women, for all women.
Nicole Stanton, an attorney with Quarles & Brady, says women as a group affect the electorate today because they, like many groups, have issues that specifically matter to them and drive their turnout at the polls. In short, political candidates would be wise to consider issues specific to women in their campaigns.
“If one party has a 20+ point gender advantage, it is going to be tough to win an election if that 20+ percent is not on your side,” Stanton said.
In her view – one that is likely shared by many – not only do not enough women vote, but not enough people in general exercise that right. She cites the long lines experienced by many Arizonans during the March 22 Presidential Preference Election as a sign that even in 2016, easy access to polling places isn’t always guaranteed. Arizona elections officials did improve vastly between that election and the special election for Proposition 123 on May 17, when no such delays or access issues were reported.
The Central High School celebration event will occur on Aug. 26, the day in 1920 that women were officially granted the right to vote in the United States via certification of the 19th Amendment.
“I think the celebration is a good reminder that we can’t take this right for granted,” Stanton said. “It is precious and we should celebrate it.”
The event, hosted by a coalition of women’s groups, is expected to draw an audience of at least 600 and will take place from 5:30 – 7:30 p.m.
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