Tuesday in Washington D.C. at the newly-designated Belmont-Paul Women’s Equality National Monument, President Barack Obama touted the fight for equality and predicted astonishment over a time existing where no woman were president of the United States.
Obama said, “We do this, we do this to help tell the story of the suffragists in the rooms that pursued ideals which shouldn’t be relegated to the archives of history. It shouldn’t be behind glass cases, because the story they’re fighting is our story. I want young girls and boys to come here, 10, 20, 100 years from now, to know that women fought for equality. It was not just given to them. I want them to come here and be astonished there was ever a time when women would not vote. I want them to be astonished there was ever a time when women earned less than men for doing the same work. I want them to be astonished there was ever a time when women were vastly outnumbered in the board room or in Congress. That there was ever a time when a woman had never sat in the Oval Office. I don’t know how long it will take to get there. but I know we’re getting closer to that day.”
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