It has been more than 100 years since the 19th Amendment was ratified on August 18, 1920 and officially gave women the right to vote. To commemorate the auspicious moment in US history, Mattel releases a Susan B. Anthony Barbie.
As reported by WBIW.com, the doll was made in partnership with the National Susan B. Anthony Museum and House in Rochester, New York. This year is an especially good time for an Anthony look to hit the Barbie circuit. In addition to the centenary of the 19th Amendment, 2020 is also Anthony’s 200th birthday and the 75th anniversary of the museum’s opening. Part of Mattel’s ongoing “Inspiring Women”
“You can almost hear her speak,” Yes, your honor, I have a lot to say, “said Ann Gordon, historian and biographer of Susan B. Anthony, in a museum press release.” She’s still telling us to do this Get a citizen’s right to vote. “
Although Anthony died more than a decade before Congress passed the 19th Amendment, her lifelong advocacy of women’s suffrage helped lift the issue onto a national stage. And she had the chance to choose – somehow. In 1872, Anthony and some female cohorts voted in the general election in Rochester, New York, and ended up in jail for doing so. She was sentenced the following year, but her fiery speeches leading up to the trial found widespread support for the movement.
Anthony’s legacy is not without controversy. She and her fellow suffragist Elizabeth Cady Stanton spoke out against the 15th Amendment, which gave black men the right to vote, arguing that it should not be passed unless it allowed all US citizens of a certain age to vote. Their opposition ultimately had no influence on the passage of the amendment, but does recall that progressive white abolitionists often focused on their own non-intersectional goals. Even if women won the right to vote, it would be decades before black women could exercise it. Today Susan B. Anthony is both a symbol of feminism and a reminder that the struggle for universal suffrage – or civil rights – does not end with the ratification of an amendment.
Mattel will release the Anthony-inspired Barbie on October 16th. You can pre-order them here for $ 30. Delivery is expected by the end of this week. Other women in Barbie’s Inspiring Women line include Sally Ride, Florence Nightingale, Katherine Johnson and Ella Fitzgerald.
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