Ninety-two years ago, the Suffragettes won the right to vote. It was a very difficult fight. Men didn’t think we could think logically and rationally. Many didn’t think we could think about anything but the price of chopped sirloin or which tablecloth to put on the table for Sunday dinner. Women who were not married and had no children were pitied and thought of as very different even abnormal. Women didn’t even wear pants back then. Think about trying to accomplish a day in your life with a corset, bloomers, long sleeves and a floor length skirt on. The Suffragettes also gave us the right to throw the corsets away and breath and wear pants. Tennessee was the state that gave us enough votes to win the right to vote.
Now, it is 2012 and we have the right to vote to protect our existing rights. We need to vote for the candidate who will uphold our rights that we have now and who will work to give us legal equality next year. Think about the fact that ninety-two years after we have the vote, we still are not equal.
When you gain a right such as voting, you have a responsibility to use it. Women have a responsibility to vote this year. Our votes can make a huge difference in this election and shape the future for our daughters and granddaughters. Set the example for them to become knowledgeable about all of the issues and vote according to truth. Look into the “War on Women” and find out what the predominately male white Congress is trying to take from us. Obama supports programs that benefit women.
I urge you to use the right the Suffragettes fought and gained for us and vote in 2012. Women need to be as outspoken about what happens in this country as the men are. We can make a difference.
Barbara, in Australia voting is compulsory; in fact, if you don’t vote you are fined (a small fee).
There are a lot of what we call ‘Donkey Voters’; those who don’t have a true interest in who holds office however, must vote.
There are pros and cons to all things naturally. Personally, it took some years to become interested, and to understand the gravity of voting. Today, I view it as a quintessential right to voice my opinion; albeit in secret. I believe that is what it takes…. a belief in oneself first; only then can we project that out to the world.
Voting is so important and if you don’t vote you can’t complain. That is my view.
Putting your money where your mouth is, so to speak..!
Excellent, well-written post. Thanks for reminding us about the struggle for voting rights and the corresponding importance of exercising that right; especially in this election when a manic right-wing Republican agenda is trying to take over the country and set us backwards in so many ways. And even beyond the vital reproductive freedom and war on women issues, in my experience the women that I know think a bit more pragmatically for themselves and their families and ask the pertinent questions. Has trickle-down economics worked in the past? How did the Bush era end? – with working-class stability or economic chaos? Does it make sense to reward a corporate billionaire class with even more tax breaks that favor pumping up Wall Street on steroids and shipping jobs overseas, while investments in children’s education, senior’s healthcare, renewable energy, and working-class stability all suffer?
I admire the way you have of summing up the issues and making them so clear anyone can grasp them. Have a bright day! Barbara
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Smart post. Every vote counts.
thank you Nicole. You are very kind. Have a good week. Barbara