Tuesday, November 04, 2008

Casting the Vote

At 5:35 this morning, my sweetie got me up to vote. God bless him, he's an early riser, and the time change is especially hard on his internal time clock. But in this case it was a benefit, because by the time we got to Fordham Law School, there was already a line!

What a difference 4 years can make! 4 years ago, there were maybe 10 people up with us at the crack of dawn to vote. But today the line stretched down the street! I LOVE that people want their voices heard!

We were close enough to the front that by the time we got in, I could see that the first person to cast today's vote (in our area of Manhattan) was an elderly woman, and I tell you, I wanted to salute her.

It wasn't even 100 years ago that women were awarded the right to vote. They had been considered insane because they wanted the same freedom as men. Who exactly was insane in that scenario, eh?

On March 3, 1913, Lawyer Inez Milholland Boissevain led the National American Woman Suffrage Association parade in Washington, D.C., under a banner that read “Into the Light.” It was a hard battle and the women who fought for our right to vote were treated horrifically.

The Nineteenth Amendment was finally passed by Congress June 4, 1919 (ratified August 18, 1920).

Section 1: The right of citizens of the United States to vote shall not be denied or abridged by the United States or by any State on account of sex.

So get out there and vote, everyone!

One voice can make a difference, inspiring countless others.

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