Women Reflect On How the 19th Amendment Has Impacted America

CONTACT: Kathryn Alford, Communications Manager

August 26, 2020


WASHINGTON, DC — Today marks the 100th Anniversary of the certification of the 19th Amendment and women winning the right to vote in America. Leading up to this moment, trailblazers of the women’s suffrage movement fought for more than seven decades to ensure women had a say in the leadership and decisions of our country.

This month, the Network of enlightened Women, known as NeW, and the Washington Examiner invited high school and college women to reflect on and share about the lasting impact the 19th Amendment has made on our country during the 2020 NeW Essay Contest. 828 women submitted essays for the contest.

Participants responded to the following prompt:

Women in America won the right to vote 100 years ago this month. Why is this historic moment worth celebrating? As women today, how can we ensure the women who fought for this right are never forgotten? Why is it important that women are active in the political process and vote?

Hannah Kim, a Sophomore at the University of South Florida and a NeW Chapter Leader, was chosen as the winner of the College Category. In her op-ed she wrote, “I cannot help but stress how crucial it is to commemorate and celebrate this momentous achievement in our history given that it continues to shape our lives today and gives us hope for what is to come in the future. Again, it is only when we understand our past that we can move forward.” Read her full piece published in the Washington Examiner today.

Brooke Barham, a Senior at the Academy of Arts, Careers, and Technology in Reno, Nevada, was chosen at the winner of the High School Category. In her piece, she reflected on how women can remember the sacrifices of the suffragists, “We can honor the women who fought for our right to vote by responsibly utilizing our voices and ballots and being active in the political process. When we stay informed and support the initiatives that represent our best interests as women, we help to maintain the equal rights other women have sacrificed so much for.” Her full op-ed was published today in the Washington Examiner and can be read here.

Submissions were sent in from students attending high schools and top universities across the country, including, Arizona State University, Ball State University, Brigham Young University, Columbia University, Georgetown University, Harvard University, New York University, The University of Alabama, University of California at Los Angeles, University of Pennsylvania, University of Texas at Austin, University of Virginia, and University of Washington.

For any media interested in interviewing one of the NeW Essay Contest winners, please contact Kathryn Alford, Communications Manager for the Network of enlightened Women, at kathryn@enlightenedwomen.org or 571-310-5388.


NeW is the nation’s premier organization for conservative and independent-minded young women. NeW educates young women on conservative principles, cultivates a community in which to discuss and strengthen these ideas, and emboldens them to speak out on campus and in their communities.



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