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.
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.
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.
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.
Updated through January 20th, 2021
Tell Your Own Stories
Calendars tell stories
Calendars tell a story about our future: what we’ll work on next week, what our capacity might be next month. And some calendars remind us of our past.
These timelines draw data from Google Sheets
DayBack can share timelines from lots of data sources; the timelines above were drawn from Google sheets as they’re cheap, simple, and easy to get started with.