19th amendment stampOn this day two momentously important laws were passed that helped to redefine women rights and their equality in both British and American Society.

On Monday February 27, 1922 the U.S.A passed the Nineteenth Amendment to The Constitution.

The right of women to vote (as well as the right of women to engage in many other activities) was declared constitutional by all of the member of the U.S Supreme Court.

It had taken 70 years of fighting and petitioning to make this women suffrage legislation a reality.

Both women and men were  advocating equal rights for women as far back as in the early 19th Century.

On the same day centuries later in 1998 Great Britain, Queen Elizabeth II agreed to a proposal to end male preference when determining succession which means that a monarch’s first-born daughter could claim the throne even if a son was born later.

This displayed the change in attitudes within something as important as the monarchy, it acknowledged and set the precedent that women were equal and as able as men to complete the task as monarch something that had not been acknowledged till this point.

Although it may seem obvious that a daughter should be equal too a son, and that 1998 seems very late for this to have been agreed, what it displays is a changing and acceptance in old traditions that are embedded within British society through the monarchy.

Both these events show the development of both societies; the nineteenth amendment of the constitution in America is a monumental moment, women being allowed the same rights as men gave them the equal political, economic and social stature.

This gives women freedom of political speech and influence they hadn’t had before. The right for female succession in Great Britain showed the changing view that even the monarchy had regarding the need for equality between men and women, overthrowing tradition to make the amendment.