Sunday, November 2, 2008

American Woman's Suffrage

This has appeared on several blogs. I also received it from a friend. When I read it I was amazed at how much I did not realize about what our female ancestors went through to get the Woman's Right to Vote. It was written by Deloris Wright. Remember to VOTE this year. Everyone!

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?
Last week, I went to a sparsely attended screening of HBO's new 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.
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.
My friend Wendy, who is my age and studied women's history, 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, and I think a little shock therapy is in order.
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.'
Again, remember to VOTE. Thank you Deloris Wright


  1. Good post! You're right - we have achieved quite a lot over the course of this nation's history!

  2. Well put, Bev. Many women today, especially young women don't realise the gift they have today. For many people in other parts of the world, the right to vote, the right to democracy is but a dream.

  3. GREAT post! I will be excercising my RIGHT to vote tomorrow at the polls and look forward to casting my IMPORTANT vote. This election has really inspired so many people to vote than ever before! It's about time!
    Women should VOTE and should ALL see how important it is. I don't know any women that don't vote and if I did, I would have to give them a rash of *%$# because of it!
    I am going to check out the movie you mentioned as I'm sure that watching it will inspire me and I'm all about that!

    Thanks for sharing Bev!

  4. Thanks Bev for the timely reminder of our freedom as women to vote!