Care2 members have plenty to say about women and voting! Here’s page 1.
Jess Noel Walsh Aug 25, 2010 1:02 PM
THANK YOU SO MUCH to the women and men in history who fought for our rights!! May the names of these amazing people be honored in history forever. I am grateful for these rights everyday and I will celebrate this occassion with my whole heart!
monka blanke Aug 25, 2010 1:00 PM
In this patriarchal society it’s even more important that women vote. It’s not long ago that women were allowed to vote in Switzerland. Todays women take it for granted that right to vote, where as our “ancestors” went through hell….Still, women are not treated equally in our society, that’s a shame.
Kelli B. Aug 25, 2010 12:40 PM
Most of the younger gals I know have no idea what women went through to get the vote. It’s critical to our freedom of choice to get our younger sisters involved in voting and keeping their rights.
Donna B. Aug 25, 2010 12:25 PM
We still live in a patriarchal society. I can remember when women had far less freedom, however. The young women today can’t conceive of how things used to be. I tell my daughters not to take anything for granted. Rights can be lost in any country if we are not watchful, male or female.
Cuyler B. Aug 25, 2010 12:20 PM
I have no doubt that women make as good a use of the vote as men – whatever that means. In any case there was never any justification for their being denied the vote. Not a lot in the history books I saw about Woodrow Wilson having protestors tortured in the DC jail, though Alice Paul finally made it onto a postage stamp.
Kent Magner Aug 25, 2010 11:35 AM
As a man, I trust women as full and equal partners to vote, take rolls in business and government, and as adults to make their own decisions about reproduction. Except when women have emulated the worst aspects of maleness in a quest for personal power, I feel that women often hold values that support the larger community and celebrate compassion.
Galia G. Aug 25, 2010 11:29 AM
Here in NC we managed to turn the tables for Obama by only 31,000 votes. Women did it. If only we can do it again, and again! Education, determination, hope and a sense of humor are all needed by women today to make our foremothers’ dreams come true.
Kathryn D. Aug 25, 2010 11:22 AM
I have voted in local, state, and federal elections for the last 46 years, and when I exit the voting booth, I look up and thank Susan B. Anthony, Lucretia Mott, and all the suffragettes for all they went through to get me (and all women) the right to vote. It amazes me that young women today don’t know who these women are or what they went through. Many of them don’t exercise their right to vote. What a shame! I’ll say it one more time – Thank you, Ladies, for getting us the right to vote despite the ridicule, jeers, and abuse you took on our behalf. May you all rest in peace!
Aug 25, 2010 9:46 AM
We are slowly moving toward a higher level of justice in this country and throughout the world. We have outlawed slavery, we have seen the advent of Women’s Suffrage, even as the Equal Rights Amendment failed narrowly. We recently saw a modest reform of the financial services industry. Yet even with all these steps there are those who cling to the desire to recreate a modern feudal state of inherited wealth, with a small ruling class having control of the economy and the personal lives of the rest of the citizens. We see this in the form of mega wealthy individuals who are funding and directing the so-called “Tea Party” a false movement using ignorant dupes who are often not even paid for their complicity in their own enslavement. The “Libertarian” movement is a false, intellectually dishonest attempt to use a contrarian conceit which appeals to the illogic of the ignorant. It is this contrarian, backward looking false justification of a movement towards this form of economic feudalism. We must keep a higher level of justice as our perpetual goal to advance at all.
michele h. Aug 25, 2010 9:42 AM
In Maryland women often base their vote on statements made by the candidate without researching that candidate’s history. The vote doesn’t appear to mean much here because we are still controlled by a few patriarchal men in office (who are criminal defense lawyers), who pander to the wealthy without considering the importance of toughening domestic violence laws or making jurisdictions investigate rapes. I know of too many rape cases that were reported but never investigated as well as domestic MURDERS that were never prosecuted because no one collected evidence. We only have 2 hospitals in the Baltimore area that collect evidence in rape cases and the women I told about them never were referred there by police.
Becky Y. Aug 25, 2010 9:41 AM
I can remember a time when women were just regarded as pretty things who should be seen and not heard. It has been a struggle to gain all that we have and I know the young women of today have no sense of what it was like back in the 40′s and 50′s. Designers continue to dress women as objects and so many of the women, girls, fall into showing off their bodies instead of their brains. I am proud that many women have become politicians and I have always hoped someday we would have a gifted woman as President. I am also disappointed in some of the women who profess to be interested in becoming national or local politicians when clearly their brains are somewhere other than their heads. We are more than just eye candy and I pray that we never lose our sense of humor or wonder and that we continue to raise the bar in all that is good for this country. We overcame a lot to be where we are and we continue to do so even now. We are women, hear us roar!
Andrew Melendez Aug 25, 2010 9:40 AM
This is certainly a joyous event!
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