Your Vote in Context

Stories behind the 2020 US elections

That I am here tonight is a testament to the dedication of generations before me. Women and men who believed so fiercely in the promise of equality, liberty, and justice for all.


This week marks the 100th anniversary of the passage of the 19th amendment. And we celebrate the women who fought for that right. Yet so many of the Black women who helped secure that victory were still prohibited from voting, long after its ratification.

But they were undeterred.

Without fanfare or recognition, they organized, testified, rallied, marched, and fought—not just for their vote, but for a seat at the table. These women and the generations that followed worked to make democracy and opportunity real in the lives of all of us who followed.

They paved the way for the trailblazing leadership of Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton.

And these women inspired us to pick up the torch, and fight on.

Women like Mary Church Terrell and Mary McCleod Bethune. Fannie Lou Hamer and Diane Nash. Constance Baker Motley and Shirley Chisholm.

We’re not often taught their stories. But as Americans, we all stand on their shoulders.”

-Kamala Harris, Accepting the nomination for Vice President, August 2020

Timelines Tell Stories

Behind the Curve

Trump’s failure to lead during the coronavirus

A timeline contrasting COVID-19 facts with Trump’s inaction and failure. Charting his tweets, rallies, golf trips, and interviews alongside the US death toll.

Explore the Curve

Women Demanding the Vote

An incomplete timeline of Women’s Suffrage in the United States

You’re able to vote in November because generations of activists, lawyers, and teachers marched, fought, and VOTED. We will not let them down.

Explore Women’s Suffrage

Trump Doesn't Want You To Vote

Voter purges and intimidation in context

Our vote follows those cast despite legal roadblocks and  threats of violence. Those voters’ victories are not history; they’re at stake.

Explore Voter Intimidation

Demanding the Vote Around the World

A timeline of when women won the vote in each country

From New Zealand in 1893 to Saudi Arabia in 2015: the result of countless marches, disobedience, phone banking, and persistence.

Explore the World

Timelines are updated frequently. Most recent update: 01/03/2021

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