Care2 Women: Celebrate the Right to Vote! #3

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Valentina Sarateanu Aug 25, 2010 8:06 AM

I think that the right to vote, like other women’s rights, are too easily taken for granted nowadays and I also think that many women in the world don’t even make good use of their right to speak up. Lack of education – in large areas of the world, where women are still discriminated, the housework environment in which many other women live because they have babies or need to take care of the family, might be two of the causes for which women do not have a voice or can’t make good use of their right to vote. This is why we have to still fight for women’s rights and raise our voice to be well heard and understood. More and more people recognise that women’s voices are important for the progress of mankind.

I am grateful that I have the opportunity to express my opinion in this space. Thank you.


Maricel M. Aug 25, 2010 7:37 AM

I am glad that now women have the right tho vote! In the past women were not given the right to do it! This was because they were seen as weak not smart and without a voice. Now i am so happy that it changed because women have a voice and can show that they are smart and not weak at all!


Tracy S.  Aug 25, 2010 7:36 AM

We need to be ever vigilant of the rights we have won. At the time women won the right to vote, reproductive instruction to women was still against the law.

For a look at how our rights are being attacked on a daily basis, please read the classic “Backlash” by Susan Faludi. It’s a real eye opener. A visit to her web site would be very worthwhile.


George Payerle   Aug 25, 2010 6:58 AM

I “know” that women didn’t get the vote until after WW I, in the USA or Great Britain or here in Canada. But it is still a shock to be reminded that this is less than a century ago. Makes one wonder about a lot of things – How could it have taken so long for civilization to become civilized? How did democracy manage to function, when it existed at all, with only men voting? Is the (democratic) world any more civilized now than it was for all those centuries since the Athenians invented the idea of “power of the people”?


That women should be denied the vote is now unthinkable, here, today, and that’s Good. And yet, the prevalence of repressive right-wing thinking in many jurisdictions – the mere existence of a politician like Sarah Palin – and continued discrimination against women in many sectors of life do make me think that maybe women are not making good use of their votes.


Then again, “fairmindedness” makes me wonder: Why I should expect women to be any less right-wing and repressive than men? Hmm.


What Wayne and Bryan say is pretty good, but I think we could do with more “guy opinion” here. And more guys voting, in the spirit of “A Woman – not Palin – for President!” Remember Margaret Thatcher in the UK and be careful what we wish for.


Jan P. L.  Aug 25, 2010 6:22 AM

This means that women were not considered smart/wise enough to make a decision to vate for the installation of positions or to change many things that affected their lives as well as others. Is it not full time to recognize that women have proven themselves and this should have been a consideration long ago without lobbying efforts!


connie s.  Aug 25, 2010 6:09 AM

As a woman it is important that I have the right to vote as if you don’t take advantage of that right then not only women but men as well give up the right to complain if you don’t vote. There are countries where women can’t even go out in public without being covered from head to toe, let alone have the right to vote. Everyone should have the right to vote.


Ann U.  Aug 25, 2010 6:08 AM

We owe it to ourselves and to our trail-blazing foremothers to learn where we still wear blinders and take them off. There are many subtle messages by men AND women and particularly by commercialism in our society that continue to put down women’s equality. It means sometimes stepping out of our comfort zones and taking left turns instead of staying in line like the “good little girls” many of us were taught to be.


Nancy Rice  Aug 25, 2010 6:05 AM

It is clear by now that not all women, or even men, think alike or vote alike. Perhaps in the next several decades it will sink in that people do not vote on the basis of sex or age or any of the other things they think up for those polls that are so meaningless statistically. Perhaps it will at last become a truly sensible thing to vote on the issues rather than some misguided sense of loyalty to one thing or the other that really holds the nation back while others leap ahead in some ways that we do not imagine. I heard an interview – Katie Couric and Gloria Steinem in which Gloria S. said that it will take another 100 years. I hope by then it will be considered an ordinary thing in our society for issues to gain predominance and for women to be considered fully human in the whole world.


Laurel Colton    Aug 25, 2010 6:00 AM

Voting means a small towns’ Andrew Carnegie Library could be repaired because the measure passed by just 2 votes! Always matters!


Susan Roth  Aug 25, 2010 4:54 AM

It has only been a litte over 30 years since job ads in newspapers were written under “male/female” headings, and woman were not allowed to be police or fire fighters. The ERA is still not passed. No, I do not think women are doing enough with their voting rights. In fact, some women are our own worst enemies!


Marie W.   Aug 24, 2010 11:18 PM

To those who vote for our rights, heartfelt thanks! To those trying to take women backward, my boot in the butt!


Jayna Sheats   Aug 24, 2010 5:09 PM

Katherine Bouton, writing in the New York Times today, quoted a neurologist from 1915 who stated (also in the NYT) that the smaller upper spinal cord of women affected their “‘efficiency’ in the evaluation of ‘political initiative or of judicial authorit in a community’s organization’”; hence of course they should not be allowed to vote.


While we may have come a long way since then, the comments of Lawrence Summers, as just one example, show how far we still have to go. Let’s not relax just yet!


Marilyn L.      Aug 24, 2010 3:34 PM

I said no because I know many from my last job that didn’t vote or voted “the same way as my husband”.


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