2020 marks 100 years since the culmination of one of the most profound political movements in America, the passage of the 19th Amendment giving women the right to vote.
In the Fox Nation series “What Made America Great,” “Fox and Friends” co-host Brian Kilmeade explores the history of the suffragist movement and the heroines of the cause, who endured decades of frustration, ridicule, arrests and even torture.
The 19th Amendment is named after one of the first and most well-known suffragists, Susan B. Anthony, who actually decided to put her own interests aside for the sake of others when the Civil War broke out in 1861.
“They were asked to kind of step aside,” noted Cook. “So these women’s suffragists gathered petitions, 300,000 petitions calling for the abolishment of slavery and they presented that to Congress. And that became the 13th Amendment. So they were very involved in helping to end slavery.”
Many in the suffragist movement expected that with the abolition of slavery, the necessity of the women’s right to vote would be recognized. However, their dream would not yet come to fruition.