The suffrage movement had women with many different ideologies and positions, but all these women agreed they should have the right to vote. Several million women enrolled in the National American Women Suffrage Association and unknown millions were supporters. The struggle primarily went on between 1890 to 1920, when the 19th Amendment was ratified by Congress, giving women the vote and the right to participate more fully in the public affairs of our nation. It took at least 30 years for women to get the vote.
The “Progressive Era” of the 1920s continued to support women’s rights as did the ‘60s. Fast forward to today. To win this election, women are said to be a critical voting block that both parties are seeking.
I know I am probably preaching to the choir encouraging women to vote, but I know from doing voter registration there are women who are uncertain about voting because they believe their vote does not count, cannot get to the polls, are disgusted by the ineptitude of Congress and the general tone of politics, etc. I say to you, take your frustrations to the polls this Nov. 6 and be a force to be reckoned with.
It is difficult for many of us who have not been able to follow the candidates and study their platform to now watch the debates and understand which candidate will actually take action to solve our problem issues: jobs, health care and education to name a few. Listen for substance and choose the candidates based on how they can make America better for you and your family.
Our economy is still fragile and remains disproportionately hard on women for a number of reasons including the pay gap. If women had equal pay it would put billions into the economy.
It was the worst recession since the Great Depression, making recovery slow but steadily creating jobs. The Iraq War has ended, our troops are coming home from Afghanistan and we finally have a health care plan with benefits such as parents’ ability to keep adult children on their health care plan until they are 26 even if they get married and shrink the donut hole for seniors on Medicare.
Be a powerful force, take the time to vote. Support candidates that stand up for women’s issues. You know what they are for you.
Lee Perkins moved to Atascadero with her family in 1986 and is now retired. She has worked as a secretary, office administrator/public relations, and school counselor K-12.For the complete article see the 10-26-2012 issue.
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