Josephinum Academy of the Sacred Heart, Chicago’s longest-standing all-girls Catholic high school, is proud to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the 19th Amendment granting women the right to vote. While this is a momentous occasion to recognize, it is equally important to acknowledge that it wasn't until 1965, when the Voting Rights Act ended racial discrimination in voting, that ALL American women were truly able to cast their votes.
As an institution with a strong commitment to not only educating young women, but instilling the importance of community service, civic responsibility and social justice, we must recognize this milestone in women's rights even as we continue to fight for an even more just and equitable world. As a Sacred Heart school, always striving to demonstrate our goal of "A Social Awareness that Compels to Action," we recognize that it is a privilege to have a voice in our community and an opportunity that should never be wasted or taken for granted.
On this occasion we would like to share a special moment in Jo history when the late Ms. Cokie Roberts, renowned journalist and author, Sacred Heart alum and friend of the Jo, spoke at our 2017 Spring Luncheon about the importance of fighting for women everywhere.