Today we celebrate American Women's right to vote! And we can thank Republicans!
Let's take a look back at the birth of the so-called "Progressive" movement - not so progressive for women of any ethnicity and federally imposed segregation for Blacks. Thankfully for the Suffragette movement, the election of 1918 had shifted the balance in Congress to the Republicans as the Suffragettes campaigned against Woodrow Wilson's Democrat Progressive Party.
Why Campaign Against Progressives in 1918?
Wilson was no friend to the Suffragette movement although he later would claim credit for the 19th Amendment, it is hard to imagine a person more brutally opposed to the right of women to vote.
Most people have no clue that this right for American women was painted in blood and this struggle represents one of the most egregious and most brutal treatment of American citizens in our history.
Talk about a re-writing of history!
In 1917 approximately 168 women, most from the National Women's Party, were arrested, imprisoned and brutalized under orders of their own government and their President Woodrow Wilson. See: The Night of Terror Below
Wilson Sexist AND Racist:
In fact, Woodrow Wilson was deeply reviled by women and both genders of African Americans. He was considered a racist and was rather unapologetic about it - While campaigning, Wilson had promised African American men: "fair dealing...in advancing the interests of their race in the United States".
After his election, Wilson instituted a policy of racial segregation for federal employees.Although considered by some as a modern liberal visionary as President, in terms of implementing domestic race relations, however, Wilson was "deeply racist in his thoughts and politics, and apparently was comfortable being so."*
* ^ Gerstle, Gary (2008). John Milton Cooper Jr., ed. Reconsidering Woodrow Wilson: Progressivism, Internationalism, War, and Peace. Washington D.C.: Woodrow Wilson International Center For Scholars. pp. 93-94.