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A Century of Suffrage

2020-08-18 10:30:03
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The first White House picketers were suffragists. Through a world war and a flu pandemic, they held up signs with slogans like, “Mr. President, how long must women wait for liberty?”

“They wanted to be the first thing the president saw every morning and the last thing he saw at night,” said Veronica Chambers, the lead editor on a Times project commemorating the 100th anniversary of women’s suffrage.

A century ago today, the United States ratified the 19th Amendment, enshrining a woman’s right to vote in the Constitution. But the decades-long struggle didn’t end there. For years after 1920, many women, including Native Americans and Chinese immigrants, were not able to vote. And for many others, especially African-Americans, casting a ballot was extremely difficult.

“Many historians talk about the suffrage movement continuing at least until 1965,” when the Voting Rights Act passed, Veronica said. “The timeline of how long women in the U.S. have had political power and independence is not as long as we tend to think it is.”

Postmaster General Louis DeJoy agreed to testify to Congress next week about cost-cutting measures at the Postal Service, changes that have fueled fears that the Trump administration is trying to depress voting by mail during the coronavirus pandemic.

The House is expected to vote this week on a bill that would reverse DeJoy’s cuts and provide an additional $25 billion to support mail voting. But the crisis of confidence has some state officials looking for alternatives. Some want to expand in-person polling places and ballot drop-off locations, which President Trump has, without evidence, called fraudulent.

Though any oil production would still be at least a decade in the future, the administration said it hoped to sell leases on the land by the end of the year. Environmentalists and Alaska Native groups are expected to file lawsuits to try to block the sales.


Reject the choice. Some Never Trumpers cite policy differences as a reason not to vote for Biden. “If the polls are to be believed, conscientious objectors like me won’t be decisive,” writes The Daily Beast’s Matt Lewis, who breaks with Democrats on abortion.

Chaat is hard to define but easy to crave. It refers to a category of Indian snacks that can be made from virtually anything, with a “combination of contrasting textures and sweet, salty, tangy and spicy flavors,” writes Priya Krishna.

For a quick, no-cook dinner, follow the chef Maneet Chauhan’s recipe for a chaat party — a choose-your-own-adventure spread that allows eaters to build a dish suited to their tastes.


“Summer,” the final novel in the author Ali Smith’s seasonal quartet, carries on the previous entries’ convention of addressing the day’s news, from Brexit to wildfires in Australia. This installment includes the coronavirus pandemic seeping into its protagonists’ lives.

The book, Dwight Garner writes in a review, “is a prose poem in praise of memory, forgiveness, getting the joke and seizing the moment.”


Keanu Reeves and Alex Winter first played friends in “Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure,” the 1989 time-traveling slacker comedy. Three decades later, they remain friends in real life, dude, and will reunite onscreen for a long-awaited third entry to the franchise. “Bill & Ted Face the Music,” which will be released this month, follows the dopey duo’s muddle through middle age, and sees their daughters take up the best friend mantle.

“There’s very little constancy in this business,” Winter said in an interview with The Times. “You come together on a set, you’re like, ‘We’re like a family!’ And then it’s, ‘OK, bye.’ You never, ever see them again.” But with Reeves, Winter said, “I think of him as my brother.”



Here’s today’s Mini Crossword, and a clue: World Cup organizer (four letters).

You can find all of our puzzles here.


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P.S. “Finish the Fight,” an original play that brings to life the biographies of lesser-known activists, premieres at 7 Eastern tonight. The virtual performance is free; R.S.V.P. here.

David Leonhardt, this newsletter’s usual writer, is on break until Monday.

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Today’s episode of “The Daily” is about last week’s deal between Israel and the United Arab Emirates.

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