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Women–don’t lose your right to vote!

This is October 30, 2010. In a few more days we will have elected a new Congress–the 112th–both Houses, some states’ governors, and many municipal officers.  TIME magazine (issue dated November 8, 2010, although that is a week away)  has focused on four candidates who may or may not be elected to offices on Tuesday–two men and two women.  The issue is worth the price to read it before you go to the polls.

The right for women to vote (the 19th Amendment) was ratified 90 years ago–on August 18, 1920.  However, the struggle for the right of women to vote began much earlier; actually, at least one colony encouraged women to vote, then denied it when the U.S. Constitution did not recognize women as citizens with the right to vote–only white males.

Women who run for public offices today owe their ability to achieve candidate status to many very brave women from the 1800’s. Women who led the suffrage movement — Susan B. Anthony, Elizabeth Cady Stanton, Lucy Stone, and Julia Ward Howe– were joined by women of many religious denominations. Without men such as Lucy Stone’s husband Henry Blackwell the suffragettes would not have succeeded. Women have been slow to enter the congressional and senatorial races. World War II, beginning in 1941, interrupted the political aspirations of women. They were called upon to make bombers and ammunition, uniforms and boots, parachutes and everything else the war effort required. Some women enlisted in the military; some stayed to become commissioned officers.

Today’s women who run for offices build their political aspirations on the hopes of the women of two centuries ago who were spat upon, imprisoned, and some were divorced by their husbands because they marched to get their right to vote. YES! If you don’t believe me, do your own research. And while you are doing that, take a look at the women who have been elected to offices since World War II and those who are campaigning now for their places in the public forum.

TIME magazine’s David von Drehle highlighted the two men and these two women: Meg Whitman who is the Republican candidate for governor of California, and Christine O’Donnell who is the Republican candidate for the Delaware seat in the U.S. Senate. Nancy Gibbs’ essay focused on the changes over time of women’s attitudes toward their campaigns. For instance, female politicians have had to prove they are tough.  “Ever since Geraldine Ferraro was offered wrist corsages at fundraisers and [was] asked in the 1984 vice-presidential debate whether the Soviets might be ‘tempted to take advantage of her’ because she was a woman, female candidates have had to fight the charge that they are nurturing but weak, which may explain Arkansas Senator Blanche Lincoln’s campaign posters calling her ONE TOUGH LADY.”

Gibbs goes on to say–Consider that female candidates Hillary Clinton and Sarah Palin , “the polar pioneers of 2008”, suffered appalling personal attacks. Attacks which had sexual overtones are not aimed at males. The only time something remotely sexual is mentioned about a male candidate is when the candidate had an extra-marital affair. It is no wonder that “this election season is likely to be a setback for women: analysts predict that the number of female lawmakers (73 Representatives, 17 Senators) may decline this year for the first time in three decades.”  I think that is appalling!

Some women think they have to use the jargon of the men in order to prove they are tough enough to be in a political arena.  In my opinion, a woman should present herself as the electable candidate by knowing the laws of this country, knowing the U.S. Constitution backward and forward. It isn’t hard to do that–trust me!  “A woman has to work harder than a man, do twice as much work in half the time and dance backward….”  And haven’t we’ve been doing that for centuries!?

Next Tuesday–prod your women friends to get out and VOTE!  And if they haven’t registered…tell them they must do that as soon as the board of elections in their state re-opens registrations. Be ready for 2012!  Don’t allow someone to take away your rights because you didn’t exercise your right to vote!  All of us women have worked too long and too hard for our right to vote.  Think of Susan, Elizabeth, Lucy and Julia when you mark that ballot and say, “Thank you!”

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