Kate Kendell

Make the Suffragists Proud

Filed By Kate Kendell | January 10, 2008 6:15 PM | comments

Filed in: The Movement
Tags: government, sexism, suffragists, vote, voting rights, women's issues, women's rights

On January 10, 1917, ten women picketed the White House and demanded the right to vote. They stood in the bitter cold, holding signs that read, “How Long Must Women Wait for Liberty?” and “Mr. President, what will you do for Woman Suffrage?” Their quiet presence ignited a decade of activism, and ushered women into the democratic process.

Today, not only do we have the right to vote, but women are in, or vying for, the most important elected offices in the country. We know that sexism and misogyny still are alive and well, but our presence in board rooms, Halls of Justice, Congress, and the Cabinet are testament to the power of change and, more importantly, to the power of action. In the coming weeks and months, we will be called upon to engage actively in perhaps the most important thing we do as citizens—vote. If you’ve ever wondered whether your vote matters, hopefully the last two presidential elections put those doubts to rest. Not only does you vote matter, it can make the difference between war or peace, fear or hope, justice or corruption.

I don’t care who you support for any elected office, but I do beg you to get involved, engaged, and vote. Recent international events, especially in Kenya and Pakistan, are haunting reminders of how precious democracy is. Value the gift of having a voice. Let’s make the suffragists proud.

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Absolutely! Get involved in the political process! Speak out! Agitate! Organize! And don't forget to take an hour every other year to vote!

I'll never understand those folks who don't exercise their right to participate in government whether through actively organizing or voting at the very least. Too many people fought long and hard to ensure that every citizen gets to vote. To choose not to seems like a slap in their face!

I agree completely, Kate, but I'll also add that if you really want to be empowered as an LGBT voter, avoid Hillary like the plague. Her entire political career has clearly demonstrated that if you're not a member of the wealthiest 1% and one of the most politically popular groups, she just won't hear you.