Women’s suffrage was not won easily and it was not won early. It is astonishing that it is only 100 years ago this month that women finally secured the right to vote—and that was 72 years after the 1848 Women Right’s Convention at Seneca Falls, New York, when the suffrage movement officially launched.
This month’s Music that Matters is sparked by suffrage’s centennial and focuses on women’s rights, feminism, and related issues. But as we issue this edition, we can’t help but note how the long fight to win the vote remains threatened today, through voter suppression, voter intimidation, and blatant efforts to disenfranchise eligible voters. The persistence of the Black and white women suffragettes should inspire us today in our continuing fight to ensure that voting rights are protected and extended. That’s why we chose Election Protection as this year’s JusticeAid grantee-partner. We hope you are already working with us in support of their efforts; the Donate button is at the ready, should you want to do more now.
As always, we give “protest songs” a broad read. We have songs about misogyny, unequal treatment, sexual freedom, basic respect, and multiple other topics. There is so much great music in this space that we have to apologize in advance that we could not include all we’d like: we only highlight 10 songs in the blog (as always), and we didn’t want a playlist that lasted days! We hope you enjoy the music.