Sunday, April 30, 2006
Voices from the Past: Syrian Women and the Vote
I found the following document a couple years ago. It is part of the proceedings of the Syrian Arab Congress of 1920. You may recall this is the time when delegates to the congress declared independence and were trying to establish a constitution before France said it was having none of that. During these proceedings delegates discuss whether or not to grant women the right to vote. The give and take among the delegates is intriguing. It is also sobering to see that some of the delegates, in 1920!!, had more progressive ideas than some of our modern day compatriots.
This document is of personal interest to me as it contains words uttered by my grandfather whom I had never met as he died many years before I was born.
(Photo: A.K.; Fossilized dinosaur footprint, Texas)