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Monday Evening Owls: Constructing on a historical past of resistance, black girls lead this election

While Harris’ nomination is historic and meaningful, the overwhelming interest and commitment of black women in voting is not a new feature in American politics. In 2008 and ’12, black women voted with the highest rate of any race and gender subgroup. […]

The passing of the 19th Amendment to the Constitution of 1920, which theoretically gave all women, but in practice only white women, voting rights, had little effect on the lives of black women. Through a number of legal and extra-legal strategies, white Americans have worked to prevent blacks from exercising the constitutional right to vote.

Black women passionately opposed these efforts. In the 1960s, for example, the civil rights activist Fannie Lou Hamer led a nationwide movement to expand voting rights of black Americans. It was a bold act of defiance – and a matter of life and death. As Hamer explained in a 1964 interview with The nation“We’re sick of beating up all of this. We’re sick of taking this.” It’s been a hundred years and we are still being beaten and shot at, crosses are still being burned because we want to vote. “Hamer was fully aware of the consequences of their actions and refused to surrender. “I’ll stay in Mississippi,” she added, “and if they shoot me, I’ll be buried here.” […]

(You can learn more about Fannie Lou Hamer in this excerpt from Drawing the Vote: An Illustrated Guide to Voting in America, a graphic novel on the History of voting rights, by author Tommy Jenkins and illustrator Kati Lacker.)

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“The vote is the symbol of your equality, women in America, the guarantee of your freedom. Your vote has cost millions of dollars and the lives of thousands of women. Money to continue this work has usually been sacrificed and thousands of women are gone without the things they wanted and could have had to get the vote for you. Women have suffered anguish of the soul you can never understand, so that you and your daughters could inherit political freedom. Vote was costly. Price it! The vote is a power, a weapon of offense and defense, a prayer. Understand what it means and what it can do for your country. Use it intelligently, conscientiously, prayerfully. ” ~~ Carrie Chapman Catt

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At Daily Kos that day in 2018– If Democrats succeed on Election Day, women will be a big reason:

Much has been reported about the phenomenon of white college graduates walking away from Republicans and, in some cases, running toward Democrats because they are turned off by Donald Trump. Some of this was anecdotal, but the poll of women is telling. In one Trump enjoys the Washington Post / ABC poll 48 percent support in men compared to just 33 percent support in women. Also, check out the trendlines from the same survey identifying female parties over the past eight years, which is increasingly moving towards Democrats and away from the GOP. […]

Democratic gains among women start in late 2014, when just over 50 percent of female voters are identified as Democrats, and get a nice little bump when Trump becomes president and now hits 58 percent. And in the eight years between 2010 and 2018, Republicans lost 7 points to women who identify with the party.

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