“Women’s dearest possession is life, and since it is given to her but once she must live as to feel no torturing regret. For years without purpose, so live as not to be scarred with the shame of a cowardly and trivial past. So live that dying she can say: All my life and all my strength was given to the finest cause in the world. The liberation of womankind.”
–Alice Paul, 1885-1977, author of the Equal Rights Amendment in 1923
They call it the Suffrage Movement because that’s just what it was.
The Women’s Right Movement and a women’s right to vote began in 1840 and was finally made a national law in 1920.
Our woman Susan B. Anthony of Massachusetts joined the movement because she was not allowed to speak at rally’s as her male counterparts had. And, she knew that things needed to change.
There are obviously a lot of details that go into changing an entire philosophy and a way of thinking in a nation notoriously run by wealthy Anglo-Saxon men and for the women before us, it was an entire century in the making. Women were beaten, tortured, and murdered for speaking out and asking for an equal chance to voice their opinions.
As you read above, Alice Paul, was also one of the many leaders who was instrumental in the Suffrage Movement. She dedicated her entire life to bring equality to our nation, spoke to Congress time and time again, and was tortured, force fed, and beaten for her beliefs.
Now it’s our turn.
Growing up my father always told my sister and I that we must vote in every election we can. He always said “women died for your right to vote” and I honestly don’t think that I’ve ever missed a chance to vote.
On that note. Let’s make this happen.
It’s time for a political revolution. No matter who it is that you believe will lead our countryin the right direction is admirable. Just do it.
If you live in NH, take the 15 minutes to make your voice heard. Please. Do a little research though and be sure that who ever you fill in that little left box’s name with, it is someone you actually do believe in and trust. As we all know, we’re in a time of turmoil and don’t really need to add any fuel to the fire.
We set the standard for the rest of the nation we have to act like it. Millennials, ladies, and gentleman, let’s make a change. Together, let’s get a higher voting percentage then we’ve ever hit.
On Tuesday we get to vote in the Primary, let’s show the women before us that their efforts were not made in vain.