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Care2 Women: Celebrate the Right to Vote! #1

Care2 Women: Celebrate the Right to Vote!  #1

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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10:22AM PDT on Sep 13, 2010

Can't keep putting down women. We are at least half of the human species.

8:54PM PDT on Aug 28, 2010

I have been voting since I was 18 years old and never miss an election. Too many people say they don't vote because one vote doesn't matter. If more of those folks have voted we would not have had W in office for 8 years.

11:16AM PDT on Aug 27, 2010

Remember all the women who fought for our rights....it's the least we can do. Wasn't the mother in the movie, Mary Poppins, a suffragette?

7:00AM PDT on Aug 27, 2010

Yes I believe that woman have the right to vote. However I do not "TOTALLY" agree with woman being treated "EQUAL". There are places that woman do not belong, just as there are some places men do not belong. There are some jobs out there that woman are physically unable to do, so there for we are not treated equal and rightly so. So ladies, what I am trying to say is. Let the men do all the hard work.

2:00AM PDT on Aug 27, 2010

I loved all the comments. Yes, for women everywhere. I too am glad for those women who worked so hard and suffered just we can have the freedom to vote today. Thanks so much!!! One of the courses you can take in college is women's studies, one of the best courses you can take. I would encourage any young or old women to take, I love the class I took. Again, thanks to all the women in the past. present, and future that is and will help us.

6:41PM PDT on Aug 26, 2010

(continued)....Just like the suffrage movement, nursing had its great humanitarian reformers; Florence Nightingale, Clara Barton and Dorothea Dix. They also had to battle against stigma, and drive out the superannuated prostitutes, drunken charwomen and lazy slatterns that called themeselves nurses in those days. And like suffrage, their cause was also assisted by another great wrong: war. The need to care for thousands of wounded men was so great that the early nurses were able to overcome resistant army doctors and stifling conventions. Until then, care for the sick and dying, when provided by women, was entirely controlled by religious orders, who gave only hospice care and spiritual guidance. But in those days, medical care was so primitive and unsanitary, that even this was a benefit.
There is still a shortage or nurses, and still there are politically apatheic women who won't vote because they choose to leave politics to their husbands or fathers. If this parallel serves as a social barometer, it indicates not only how far women have come, but how far they still have to go.

6:30PM PDT on Aug 26, 2010

After a 70 year struggle to obtain the right to vote, women faced another hurdle: making voting a respectable activity. There is a parallel in this, in also making nursing a respectable profession. Before women got the right to vote, prostitutes hung around the polls; this was a good place to display in front of a bunch of men, many half drunk, and all without their wives. From Seneca Falls on, the suffragettes had to battle this stigma, and after the vote was granted, barely a third of the eligible female population even bothered to register. Old habits and beliefs died hard. During the 19th century, no respectable woman dared show any interest in politics; that men's business, and candidates were discussed in an atmosphere of cigar smoke, whiskey, card games and cuss words. Ironically, the much-maligned Volstead Act, prohibiting the manufacture and sale of alcoholic drinks, encouraged the ladies to go to the polls and vote, because prohibition greatly reduced the drinking and rowdy behavior of the male voters, and so gradually, voting became "safe for ladies." During the 19th century and before, nursing also was not a respectable profession. The very idea of any decent woman seeking to work in a hospital where she might see "unfit sights" was unspeakable! Some religious orders provided hospice and spiritual care for the sick and dying, but medical care was so primitive that even this was better than nothing. Just like the suffrage movement, nursing had its great humanit

2:39PM PDT on Aug 26, 2010

Men sure do fuss about us and what would they do without us.. But then again it works both ways. We just have to push on and look how far we have come from. Educate the children about the history of this great country. I still see social justice run astray sometimes. Poverty is still poverty and sometimes justice is not done.

2:09PM PDT on Aug 26, 2010

its wonderful that everyone can vote, too bad there is nothing to vote for . The difference between the democrats and the republicans is so minute, whats the point? sad thing is this is the best we can do. Garrbage in, garbage out. We cry over unemployment and jobs and the economy, yet both parties ok 3 trillion to be spent on phony wars that feed corporate america, and the chinese own us lock stock and barrel. All the voters are just pawns in the game. Where is the peace candidate? Where is the womens outrage at sons dead for nothing? Where is the intelligence when the airwaves are drowned in the hate and imbecility of Palin, limbaugh and beck? This country is dying, this civilization is sliding into the third world, why is there no hue and cry? A great civilization is not conquered from without, until it has destroyed itself from within.

1:44PM PDT on Aug 26, 2010

Shell S sent me a care card on Celebration of Woman with a message about the anniversary of the first time women could vote. I sent it on to every woman I knew (including the Republicans). I have missed a few local elections in my 47 years of voting, but no major or state election. I have always loved it, the excitement beforehand, the getting informed to vote as I really want to, the day of the election, the excitement in the air, the results on TV, the changes that come that I have been "responsible for." I live in Oregon that changed to mail-in ballots, so now I have to provide some of that excitement for myself rather than experience it at the polling places, but it is still a wonderful right and responsibility. I hope everyone can find that in themselves to participate in the next election and to carefully watch and protect our freedoms.

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