In 1848 at Seneca Falls, New York, suffragists demanded equality for women by fighting for the right to vote at the first-ever women’s rights convention. After 72 years of organized lobbying, marching, picketing and protesting, the U.S. House of Representatives passed the Susan B. Anthony Amendment, guaranteeing women the right to vote on May 21, 1919. Two weeks later the Senate approved the amendment and it was then ratified by 3/4ths of the 48 states. On August 26, 1920, the 19th Amendment was ratified, securing it as an official amendment to the US Constitution, forever protecting American women’s right to vote.
Due to the courageous persistence of the suffragists, more than 68 million women can vote today. Some of these women are our very own TPG Power Players. To celebrate and commemorate this massive political and social victory, we asked our women what it meant to them to be a part of a female-founded and owned company.
“Ever since my very first intern interview with The Power Group, I have loved that our company is female-founded and owned. This meant so much to me as a 21-year-old college student who always saw an imbalance in the corporate world and it still means a lot to me to this day.
With the centennial anniversary of the 19th Amendment coming up in August, I am extremely proud to work for a company that prioritizes women, our value and our right to vote. Voting is important no matter what age, gender, ethnicity or sexual orientation you are. I know that everyone at The Power Group will be filling out a ballot on November 3, and that is all because of the incredibly brave and tenacious women who fought for that right 100 years ago.”
“As an aspiring businesswoman, I find it critical to be surrounded by like-minded, successful businesswomen. I feel blessed to be part of a women-owned and founded company and enjoy conversing with Amy about her experiences founding and leading The Power Group.”
“Working for a female-founded company has given me confidence to stand strong on my career path as a rising professional. I’m inspired by the women I work with every day, and I’m so lucky to have their wisdom at my disposal. I’ll be exercising my right to vote in November, having the right to vote means having the right to be a part of a bigger change.”
“Being part of a female-founded and 100% women-owned company means a lot to me. Slowly but surely it seems like the imbalance between men and women business owners is being adjusted. I am so proud of what not only Amy, but our team has accomplished over the years! It is very rewarding to say that every single aspect of our business is managed by powerful women.”
“One of the reasons why I fell in love with The Power Group is for its strong female leadership! I find it motivating and inspiring to learn from Amy and the other Power Players. They have taught me to always be confident in myself and trust my instincts.”
“Being a part of a female-founded and owned company has been incredibly inspirational to me and a huge part of my personal growth. First coming on board at The Power Group, I was inspired by Amy’s leadership and willingness to invest in each and every member of her team, something I feel is unique for our agency. As a female entrepreneur, Amy values and understands the tools necessary to groom women business leaders. I am incredibly fortunate to learn from such a driven and powerful force who knows exactly what it takes to make it as a leader in the business world.”
“Since I began my internship in June, I have witnessed the true power TPG women have as they go above and beyond to bring their client’s goals to life and create a work environment that is welcoming, fast-paced and constantly evolving. These women inspire me to use my voice, and exercising my right to vote is a significant part of that. I look forward to continuing to educate myself and vote in the upcoming election.”
“As a recent college graduate, it has been beyond empowering to work alongside successful businesswomen. This summer I have learned what it means to be a powerful and confident female professional. My coworkers are intelligent, innovative, dedicated and talented professionals who have inspired and challenged me throughout the course of my internship. Working for this company reminds me of the importance of staying up to date on current events so that I can vote for candidates I believe in and support.”
Motivated by idealism and rooted in sacrifice, the battle for women’s suffrage remains one of the most significant nonviolent efforts to change ingrained social beliefs and institutions in the modern era. With gender-equality persisting as a current issue, it is important for women to not only vote, but to vote to enact change. Women fought for and won the right to vote in a 72-year long political campaign. So if you’re looking for something to celebrate this year amidst the overshadowing grief we are all facing, look no further than the 19th Amendment.