WHM--International Women's Day: Female Heads of State

Today, March 8, is the 99th annual International Women's Day.  

International Women's Day has been observed since 1909, and was created amidst a global hotbed of activity by and for women. We celebrate by getting to know our first female Heads of State. This list is not exhaustive, and does not account for many female firsts that were appointed but never elected, and others may have been overlooked. Feel free to educate me in the comments, as that what this month-long celebration of women is all about!

I should probably wait to post this until the morning, but it's ready and I'm still up, and a lot of hard work went into this. Don't forget to hit the rec button if you like this diary. Thanks.

Cross posted at dKos.

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Women's History Month: The 19th Amendment

Cross posted at Dkos and EENR. Presented here by special request of kev22262.

Tomorrow, women in Texas, Ohio, Rhode Island, and Vermont go to the polls, as they have since just 1920--just 88 years ago--and the story of how they got there is a harrowing tale of fighters like Alice Paul and Lucy Burns, as well as a different kind of 50-state strategy, mass arrests, maggot infested force-feedings, rose wars, and so much more.

The final push for elective franchise for women is one of the most riveting tales in American history. As Harriot Stanton Blatch said after the Amendment was ratified:

All honor to women, the first disenfranchised class in history who unaided by any political party, won enfranchisement by its own effort alone, and achieved the victory without the shedding of a drop of human blood.

Join me below the fold for details along the road to Texas, Ohio, Rhode Island, Vermont, and every state in the Union!

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