Wednesday marked 95 years since the certification into law of the 19th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, guaranteeing American women the right to vote.
Contrast that to Saudi Arabia where only last week, two women became the first of their gender in that nation to ever be allowed to register to vote. It was a giant step for a country that's strictly ruled by Sharia Law, under which women can still not drive and need the permission of a male guardian such as a father or husband to work or travel.
But in America that kind of thinking toward women in terms of their right to vote was tossed permanently in the trash bin of U.S. history when Tennessee became the 36th and "tipping point state" in the ratification of the 19th Constitutional Amendment on Aug. 18, 1920.
That was followed by the amendment's arrival on Aug. 26 of that same year in Washington D.C. where then Secretary of State Bainbridge Colby promptly certified it, making it the law of the land.
The language of the amendment is strikingly simple: "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. Congress shall have power to enforce this article by appropriate legislation."
In a proclamation issued by President Barack Obama Monday celebrating the 95th anniversary of the 19th Amendment becoming law, and recognizing Aug. 26 as Women's Equality Day, he said, "From businesses to battlefields, women are vital to the prosperity and security of our country.
"As we celebrate the last 95 years of progress in advancing women's rights, let us rededicate ourselves to the idea that our nation is not yet complete: there is still work to do to secure the blessings of our country for every American daughter."