This month is the 100th anniversary of the ratification of the 19th Amendment giving women the right to vote. The Flathead County Democratic Women will be celebrating all month long. Follow us on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter to see our ongoing events and posts about the heroines of the suffragist movement.
Native women were highly visible in early 20th-century suffrage activism and took advantage of opportunities to speak about pressing issues in their communities — Native voting, land loss and treaty rights. But their stories have largely been forgotten.
Historian Cathleen Cahill joined Prof. Sarah Deer, a scholar of Native law and a citizen of the Muscogee (Creek) Nation, to talk about issues Native women face today.
The article discusses the brutal struggle faced by suffragists over 100 years ago, and points out the struggles women continue to face. "Women have been allowed to vote for nearly 100 years now. The real work is just beginning."