Suffrage – The Right to Vote

 

 suffragette– a woman advocate of women’s right to vote

The Right to Vote? So what!

We are bombarded today with the latest campaign news, the candidates’ debate, hundreds of poles, tweets, political ads and commercials from dozens of sources. No matter where we turn; our mailboxes, newspapers to social media, it’s everywhere telling us what we need to know and how to think.

So, you’ve probably made up your mind on whom to support and that’s great! You’re involved, you care about your country, the direction it is going and your fellow Americans. You have a brain and the right to vote.

And it’s so easy, on election day you only need to show up! With complete privacy, you can select the candidate of your choice and as you leave you might get a little sticker that says, “I Voted!” Pretty easy, right?

But it wasn’t always that way. Less than 100 years ago that wasn’t the case for women and minorities at all.

The Suffragettes had to march in protest and fight, they were arrested and jailed, humiliated and ostracized from family and friends for simply having the intelligence of knowing who they wanted to be President of the United States, home of the brave and land of the free, for having an opinion.

They persevered for the right to vote and they did it!

On Election Day in 1920, millions of American women exercised their right to vote for the first time. It took activists and reformers nearly 100 years to win that right.

But on August 26, 1920, the 19th Amendment to the Constitution was finally ratified, enfranchising all American women and declaring for the first time that they, like men, deserve all the rights and responsibilities of citizenship.

The right to vote is a privilege and not to be dismissed lightly. Honor the women who came before you. Exercise your right to vote!

For more information:

http://www.history.com/topics/womens-history/the-fight-for-womens-suffrage