On Feb. 15, 1820, 201 years ago today, the famous American suffragist Susan B. Anthony was born in Adams, Mass. This year, her birthday follows the centennial of the ratification of the 19th Amendment, which banned denying the right to vote “on account of sex.” In November 1920, just more than two months after the 19th Amendment’s ratification, millions of women cast their ballots for the first time.
The 19th Amendment did not fully enfranchise women overnight. The amendment did little to enfranchise Black women in the South, who continued to be barred from voting in practice by Jim Crow techniques such as poll taxes, literacy tests and violence.… Seguir leyendo »
On Sept. 10, British Prime Minister Boris Johnson formally suspended Parliament until the middle of October — the longest suspension since 1945. The move, denounced by critics as constitutionally illegitimate and undemocratic, sought to sideline lawmakers from blocking Johnson’s attempts to deliver Brexit by Oct. 31, “do or die.”
It seems to have backfired. Several cabinet members, including his brother, resigned. The Conservative Party expelled 21 members of Parliament (MPs) for defying the government over Brexit. Scotland’s highest court ruled that the suspension of Parliament was unlawful; the U.K. Supreme Court will reach its own ruling later this week. MPs united both to block Britain from leaving the European Union next month without a deal and to deny Johnson an election on his terms.… Seguir leyendo »