College Women Sign Petition To ‘End Women’s Suffrage’ (VIDEO)
I wrote a blog about Alice Paul and her fight for women’s suffrage. I noted that I was not taught about this or any other significant women’s history in school. On a Facebook thread, one woman questioned where I went to school. She had learned about suffrage and didn’t believe me or assumed I was an idiot. Other women chimed in and admitted they had not been taught about it either.
I had the benefit of attending many different schools. I lived in Maryland until the fourth grade and in 1977, I moved to Los Angeles. For a brief time in the sixth grade, I went back to Maryland for half of a semester and then I lived in Moscow, Russia for nine months and attended the Anglo American School. I finished my high school education in Southern California. My experience proved that California public schools were not up to the same educational levels I experienced in Maryland and Moscow, yet none of these curriculums made any real effort to educate students about ‘herstory.’
I have talked with some women who said they understood what suffrage is but couldn’t provide details about it and have no idea who Alice Paul is.
This prank video was posted to YouTube in 2006 and unfortunately reveals that these college students are absolutely clueless about suffrage. In fact, they are signing a fake petition to end it. They don’t ask questions. They just sign and say suffrage is bad.
Does this mean these people are stupid? No. It means they did not receive an adequate education. This is a failure of the American public school system. I don’t know how many schools across the country are guilty of staying quiet about the suffrage movement, but this video is a glaring example that there are too many.
I run a public Facebook page. A young woman dropped by and had this to say:
“Facebook has taught me more about feminism, women rights, rape culture, slut shaming, etc than any educator or political figure… and there is something wrong with that. So thank you to this page and others like it.”
On a positive note, a parody video of a the Lady Gaga song “Bad Romance” that successfully chronicles the nineteenth amendment, has just won a Regional Emmy and is now being used to educate. You can read more about it and watch the AWESOME video HERE.
Kimberley A. Johnson (BIO) – A.K.A. The Anti Coulter is the author of The Virgin Diaries and an activist for women’s rights. Like her on Facebook, Twitter or friend her on FB HERE. Check out her campaign to raise money for her next book on Women’s Rights and The Importance Of Voting