Tuesday, August 25, 2009
August 26, 2009 is the 89th anniversary of the Nineteenth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution giving women the right to vote. Many of my students find it hard to believe that women in the United States have had the right to vote for less than 100 years. I encourage readers of this blog to take action in support of womens' rights on this anniversary, perhaps by encouraging the United States to ratify the Convention on the Elimination of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW). CEDAW sets standards for womens' rights against which government actions can be measured and governments may be held accountable. Of particular relevance on this anniversary, Article 7 of CEDAW requires that women be afforded the right to vote on an equal basis with men. Over 90% of the States in the world have aleady joined CEDAW. U.S. ratification would send a signal that the United States is commirted to support for womens' rights worldwide.