Seriously Unfinished Business: The 100th Anniversary of the Suffrage Amendment Didn’t Turn
Out as Planned, but We Can Make It Turn Out Better

Issue 139 — August 24, 2020

Unless you’ve been hiding under a rock in your quarantine, or have put yourself on a strict social media and television diet to get away from the political talking heads, you know this year, 2020, is the 100th anniversary of the 19th amendment giving women across the U.S. the right to vote.

  1. Be of service. Invest in women-owned businesses, and be sure to seek out Black women owned businesses. Mentor and sponsor diverse women in your workplace. Donate to and volunteer for organizations that help women get jobs or get ahead in the jobs they have. Patronize businesses owned by women, and look for opportunities to support businesses owned by Black, Indigenous, and other women of color to make your money especially impactful.
  2. Go out and raise hell. Join organizations that work for racial and gender justice. We’re always stronger and more effective together. March if that is your preferred way of being an activist. Speak up on issues that you are passionate about. Write letters to the editor, and post on social media to express your opinions. Above all, vote in every election and work to make sure that everyone has an equal opportunity to vote in your community.
  3. Go out and just do it. Run for office. Start a business. Launch a podcast. Demand equal pay. Take The Lead wherever and however you are able.

Gloria Feldt is a New York Times bestselling author and co-founder and president of Take The Lead, a nonprofit women’s leadership organization.