Today is a shout out to all women. On this day in our country’s history the 19th Amendment, guaranteeing women the right to vote, was formally adopted into theU.S. Constitution. The amendment was the completion of a seventy year of struggle by woman suffragists. Very simply it reads, “The right of citizens of the United States to vote shall not be denied or abridged by the United States or by any State on account of sex” and “Congress shall have power to enforce this article by appropriate legislation.”
It’s amazing that it took so long for women to achieve what is their rightful place alongside men. Jesus was turning the world upside down in his day by talking with women in public, having women among his close friends, and by having women among the first to see him after the resurrection. St. Paul, much maligned for his statements about women, had women who were leaders in his house churches. My own church body was the first among Lutherans in North America to ordain a woman in 1970. Women have served often behind the scenes not seeking the limelight – they need not hide their talents from view. I give thanks for intelligent talented women of leadership. We are blessed as a result.
“There is neither Jew nor Gentile, neither slave nor free, nor is there male and female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus.” Galatians 3:28