Centenary of the Ratification of the 19th Amendment: Women's Leadership

Author: Amelia Uelmen

August 20, 2020

In this article distributed by Catholic News Service, Senior Research Fellow Amy Uelmen reflects on the centenary of the ratification of the Nineteenth Amendment. Uelmen focuses on the role of the Catholic Church in the movement for women's suffrage, noting how Church support began to emerge in full force as women contributed to the WWI effort and activism for just labor policies. Uelmen then considers how the example of female leadership in the suffrage movement can be applied today by reflecting on a scene from the Star Wars movie The Rise of Skywalker (2019). The centenary, concludes Uelmen, represents an opportunity to recreate a hopeful vision of the body of Christ as shaped by the creative contributions of both men and women.

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