Vote: Our Right and Responsibility
Today is Election Day, a day when many Americans exercise their right to vote. In a time when we seem to be talking about rights as much as ever, it's hard to imagine that a mere 91 years ago women could not vote. In 1920, the 19th Amendment passed and this changed, paving the way for other big changes to the status of women.
If you are not familiar with the 19th Amendment, I encourage you to take time to learn more. Women worked in earnest for almost a century to attain what some of us now take for granted. Exactly ninety ago—November 2, 1920—8 million women voted in the elections for the first time. This included 38 states which had ratified the Amendment. It took over 60 years for the remaining 12 states to ratify the 19th Amendment; the last state was Mississippi in 1984 (yes, only 26 years ago!).
Even though we are still working on gaining equal ground for women in many areas, such as income, corporate and community leadership, and caregiving, the right to vote is one area where women are on relative equal playing ground as men. And because women still face many challenges, today it is just as important for us to get out and vote for candidates representing issues we care about. No matter where you stand on the political spectrum, voting is one way you can help direct the future of your community and country.
Mid-term elections tend to have a lower voter turnout, so let's change this trend! I encourage you to get out and vote today—in honor of the heroines of our past, and to help shape our tomorrow.
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