Yesterday marked the beginning of the Focus Features special initiative, “19 Days of Suffrage,” to celebrate the powerful film Suffragette, as it releases in theaters nationwide through Thanksgiving. These 19 Days are in honor of the 19th Amendment, which granted women in the United States the right to vote in 1919.
Every Monday in November I will be posting new clips from the film and interesting historical facts about being a woman in the world today, the challenges we face, and the fights we’ve won.
Today is Election Day! Are you voting? Everyone has the right to vote! Do you remember the first time you voted? Below you will find a special video below called #MyFirstTime where celebs such as the Suffragette filmmakers and star Carey Mulligan, Kathy Baker (The Age Of Adaline, Edward Scissorhands), Trieste Kelly Dunn (“The Good Wife,” “Banshee”), Rosanna Scotto (WNYW Anchor), and more recall the first time they ever voted.
New Featurette Clip – “Now & Then”
WOMEN’S FIRSTS IN POLITICS
- 1960 – Sirimavo Bandaranaike is the first woman head of government, serving as Prime Minister of Sri Lanka.
- 1973 – Nancy Wechsler comes out as a lesbian while serving as a member of the Human Rights Party on the Ann Arbor City Council, making her the first openly LGBT person in political office.
- 1974 – Kathy Kozachenko the first openly gay or lesbian candidate to run successfully for political office in the United States, receiving a seat on the Ann Arbor, Michigan city council.
- 1979 – U.S. women’s suffrage leader, Susan B. Anthony is the first woman in America to be depicted on a coin.
- 1981 – Sandra Day O’Connor is confirmed as the first female Associate Justice of the United States Supreme Court.
- 1990 – Antonia C. Novello is the first woman and the first Hispanic to hold the position of Surgeon General.
- 1993 – Janet Reno becomes the first female Attorney General of the United States.
- 1994 – Deborah Batts becomes the nation’s first openly lesbian African-American federal judge.
- 1996 – Madeleine Albright becomes the first woman to represent the U.S. in foreign affairs as the secretary of state.
- 1998 – Tammy Baldwin is the first openly lesbian woman elected to the U.S. Congress. She was also the first openly gay woman to be elected to the U.S. Senate in 2012.
- 2000 – Hillary Rodham Clinton becomes the first former First Lady elected into national office and the first woman to be elected to the U.S. Senate from New York.
- 2007 – Nancy Pelosi is elected the first female Speaker of the US House of Representatives.
- 2008 – Hillary Rodham Clinton is the first woman to win a major American party’s presidential primary for the purposes of delegate selection. She is also the first woman to be an American presidential candidate in every primary and caucus in every state.
- 2009 – Janet Napolitano is the first woman to serve as Secretary of Homeland Security.
- 2009 – Sonia Sotomayor is the first Hispanic–American woman to become a U.S. Supreme Court Justice.
- 2014 – Janet Yellen is the first woman chairperson of the Federal Reserve Board.
- 2015 – Loretta Lynch is confirmed by the Senate as the first African–American woman and second woman Attorney General.