Chattanooga, TN (WDEF) – 95 years ago, the face of American politics changed forever when the 19th amendment was passed. Which is why Wednesday Girls Preparatory School held a free event to educate the public, and most importantly young girls, about the day that changed American history.
“I want them to know how important it is for them to vote,” said Mical Traynor, executive director for the Chattanooga Woman’s Leadership Institute (CWLI), “For them to understand the issues, to have a voice in what is happening around us in politics, in business (and) in education.”
Several women’s organizations in Chattanooga, like the Women’s Leadership Institute and the League of Women Voters, put the event together. Three free event offered refreshments, educational display boards, and opening remarks from women like Councilwoman Carol Berz.
“Hearing from strong women in Chattanooga that can speak into our lives, I think it’s wonderful,” said Brenda Short, a CWLI member, “I think it’s so important that women know that they can make a difference in the world.”
The educational film Iron-Jawed Angels was also shown, telling the story of a few brave women who fought for the American woman’s right to vote. Organizers said this could become an annual event for the next five years, leading up to the 100th anniversary.