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Wednesday, October 27, 2010

It's Time for All Women to VOTE!

 I didn't write this or put it together, it came to me in a chain email...  It is important enough though, that I wanted to repost it and although I don't have any info on the original author of the email, I would like to thank her for putting this together!

I give lectures around the state on the right to vote and here's a bit of what I always say in those lectures...   

"When the 14th and 15th amendments were passed to solidify the right to vote for African American men in the United States, they were considered by the vast majority of the population to be animals, property, not human, unable to be educated and disposable.  Something to be traded, enslaved, beaten, purchased and sold.

"And yet, it was another 50 years before women, white and black, were given the right to vote...  They marched, fought and died for another 50 years before this country would acknowledge that they were as capable as African American men to think for themselves.  We must always remember this as women when we step in the ballot box.  It is our legacy, our right and most importantly our responsibility to cast a ballot and each of us must always do so."  Renee Shavers

As women, we MUST vote nationwide!  November 2nd, let's honor the women who gave us this right!  And now the email!
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Now, read and look at the following pictures below of the following about the women who gave females in the U.S. the right to vote just a few years ago! This is the story of our mothers and grandmothers who lived only 90 years ago.
 
Remember, it was not until 1920 that women were granted the right to go to the polls and vote.
 




  

     
The women were innocent and defenseless, but they were jailed nonetheless for picketing the White House, carrying signs asking for the vote.
 
(Lucy Burns)
  
And by the end of the night, they were barely alive.
 Forty prison guards wielding clubs and their warden's blessing
 went on a rampage against the 33 women wrongly convicted of "obstructing sidewalk traffic."
 

They beat Lucy Burns, chained her hands to the cell bars above her head and left her hanging for the night, bleeding and gasping for air.
 

  
(Dora Lewis)
  
They hurled Dora Lewis into a dark cell, smashed her
 head against an iron bed and knocked her out cold. Her cellmate, Alice Cosu, thought Lewis was dead and suffered a heart attack. Additional affidavits describe the guards grabbing, dragging, beating, choking, slamming, pinching, twisting, and kicking the women.

  Thus unfolded the
"Night of Terror" on Nov. 15, 1917, when the warden at the Occoquan Workhouse in Virginia ordered his guards to teach a lesson to the suffragists imprisoned there because they dared to picket Woodrow Wilson's White House for the right to vote. For weeks, the women's only water came from an open pail. Their food--all of it colorless slop--was infested with worms.
 

  
(Alice Paul)
 
When one of the leaders,  Alice Paul, embarked on a hunger strike, they tied her to a chair, forced a tube down her throat and poured liquid into her until she vomited. She was tortured like this for weeks until word was smuggled out to the press.

So, refresh my memory. Some women won't vote this year because -
why, exactly? We have carpool duties? We have to get to work? Our vote doesn't matter? It's raining?

   

    
(Mrs. Pauline Adams in the prison garb she wore while serving a sixty-day sentence.)
 
I went to a sparsely attended screening of HBO's (2004) movie Iron Jawed Angels. It is a graphic depiction of the battle these women waged so that I could pull the curtain at the polling booth and have my say. I am ashamed to say I needed the reminder.
  




     
 (Miss Edith Ainge, of Jamestown , New York )
 
All these years later, voter registration is still my passion. But the actual act of voting had become less personal for me, more rote. Frankly, voting often felt more like an obligation than a privilege. Sometimes it was inconvenient.
  


   
(Berthe Arnold, CSU graduate)
 
My friend Wendy saw the HBO movie, too. When she stopped by my desk to talk about it, she looked angry. She was--with herself. "One thought kept coming back to me as I watched that movie," she said. "What would those women think of the way I use, or don't use, my right to vote? All of us take it for granted now, not just younger women, but those of us who did seek to learn. The right to vote, "she said,  "had become valuable to her all over again."

 HBO released the movie on video and DVD. I wish all history, social studies, and government teachers would include the movie in their curriculum. I want it shown on Bunco night, too, and anywhere else women gather. I realize this isn't our usual idea of socializing, but we are not voting in the numbers that we should be.
  


   
(Conferring over ratification [of the 19th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution] at [National Woman's Party] headquarters, Jackson Pl [ace] [ Washington , D.C. ]. L-R Mrs. Lawrence Lewis, Mrs. Abby Scott Baker, Anita Pollitzer, Alice Paul, Florence Boeckel, Mabel Vernon (standing, right))
 
It is jarring to watch Woodrow Wilson and his cronies try to persuade a psychiatrist to declare Alice Paul insane so that she could be permanently institutionalized. And it is inspiring to watch the doctor refuse. Alice Paul was strong, he said, and brave. That didn't make her crazy.

  The doctor admonished the men: "Courage in women is often mistaken for insanity."

  Please, if you are so inclined, pass this on to all the women you know.  We need to get out and vote and use this right that was fought so hard for by these very courageous women. Whether you vote democratic, republican or independent party - remember to vote.
  





   

   
(Helena Hill Weed, Norwalk , Conn. Serving 3 day sentence in D.C. prison for carrying banner, "Governments derive their just powers from the consent of the governed.")
 
History is being made.

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