Happy [belated] International Women’s Day!
The featured image on today’s post depicts all of my female ancestors for whom I have a photograph. I am so proud to descend from these strong and beautiful women!
On this occasion I wondered…How have my ancestors watched women’s rights and status in the United States advance throughout history?
1869 – When my ten-year-old 2nd great-grandmother, Anna Irwin, immigrates to the US from Canada the first woman is allowed to practice law.
1887 – The year that my great-grandmother Grace McKee is born, the first woman is elected mayor in the US.
1890 – My second great-grandmother, Mary Eva Beal, is married in the same year that the first state allowing women to vote, Wyoming, is admitted to the union.
1920 – My third great-grandmother, Laura Shimp, lives to see women obtain the right to vote.
1932 – My great-grandmother, Pauline Coleman, is married in the same year that the first woman is elected to the US Senate.
1963 – My great-grandmother, Grace McKee, lives to see the passage of the Equal Pay Act.
1973 – My great-grandmother, Katherine Hartzell, lives to see the outcome of Roe v. Wade.
1983 – The first woman goes to space the year before my mother is married.
2017 – When I finish graduate school the number of women in congress reaches a record high and a woman has run for president backed by a major political party.
[Dates from US News, “Stepping Through History,” 20 Jan 2017]
How have your female ancestors see their world change?