Texas Democrats Celebrate 101 Years of the 19th Amendment

AUSTIN, Texas — Texas Democratic Party Vice-Chair Dr. Carla Brailey issued the following statement on the 101st anniversary of the ratification of the 19th Amendment:

“Today marks the 101st anniversary of the ratification of the 19th Amendment — when women won the right to vote across the United States for the first time. It didn’t happen overnight. It didn’t happen by accident. Women marched, rallied, were beaten, and were jailed in order to win our most basic constitutional right: the chance to make our voices heard at the ballot box.

“However, the fight was far from over, and it continues to this day. The 19th Amendment excluded women of color across our country. Today, we owe our voting rights not only to the suffragettes of the early 20th century, but to the Black women who led the Civil Rights movement and the fight for the Voting Rights Act, and the Latina and Indigenous women who fought for decades to secure voting rights for their communities.

“Right now, infuriating as it is, people in Texas and beyond are once again facing attacks on our right to vote. The reason is clear: Republicans are trying to cling to power the only way they can — by shutting down our voices. But we won’t let them. Texas Democrats are fighting back with the same unflagging strength as those who fought before us. Advocates, activists, community members, and our Texas Democratic legislators — all of us are speaking with one voice to defend our freedom to vote.

“Despite the attacks we’re facing, we have come so far. It means the world to me and to so many of us that today — more than a century after the 19th Amendment — a Black woman is serving in our nation’s second-highest office for the first time in history. Vice President Kamala Harris is a reminder of why the right to vote matters so much — the right to choose leaders who look like us, who will fight for us, and who put people first.

“We deserve to be able to choose leaders who will fight for us. Democracy is as simple as that. That’s why Texas Democrats will keep fighting tooth and nail to protect our freedom to vote. As the great Congresswoman Barbara Jordan said, ‘What the people want is very simple – they want an America as good as its promise.’ We’re fighting for our future — just like the women who came before us. We’re fighting for all of us.”