The third annual Women's Suffrage parade in New York City attracted 20,000 participants and half a million spectators. In 1917, women in the state of New York finally gained the right to vote.
As a woman, female business owner, a mom of two little girls and in an industry serving many women, there are lots of reasons I am so happy to support a cause such as National Women’s Day and the Rhode Island Women’s Fund. I wouldn’t be doing what I am today if it wasn’t for the movement in women’s rights. Nor would my daughters have the opportunity to do whatever their hearts desire and be anything they dream to be in their life time. International Women’s Day is a great day to recognize how far we have come! Here is a little history: The 19th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution granted American women the right to vote, a right known as women's suffrage, and was ratified on August 18, 1920, ending almost a century of protest. Susan B Anthony as well as other notable activists including several generations of women suffrage supporters, raised public awareness by marching, lecturing and lobbying the government to grant voting rights to women. (You go ladies!!)
Giving women the right to vote is one of the most well known results of these protests and helped set the stage for women to have the same basic rights as men, including the right to own property and legal claim to own money. The 19th Amendment has lead to the creation of dozens of thousands of organizations that help support young girls and women all across the county. Among these is the Women’s Fund of Rhode Island. The Women’s Fund primarily focuses on investing in young girls and women through research, advocacy, and partnerships. The goal of the Rhode Island Women’s Fund is to create systemic change and promote gender equity and social justice. We are holding an event on International Women’s Day: March 8 th from 4-6 pm at Citron Spa. The cost to attend is $10 per person and all proceeds will be donated to the Rhode Island Women’s Fund. Come join us for a purposeful night of fun and enjoy an essential oils class, mini spa treatments, a glass of champagne and free giveaways!