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Thoughts On The Beginning Of Women’s History Month

March is Women’s History Month.

Nowadays, the fact that women have accomplishments and responsibilities outside of the traditional female sphere seems normal. But the reality is that it was not too long ago that women had no rights and had to fight for even the most basic of rights that men take for granted. The 19th Amendment was only ratified in 1920.

Don’t get me wrong, our accomplishments in only a few generations are nothing short of breathtaking. When our fore mothers were simply fighting for the right to vote and have a voice in their government, they might not have foreseen the snowball effect of wanting to vote. The educational and professional opportunities that were once closed to us are now ours for the taking. We can choose if and when we marry and have children.  Our lives are our own.

But even with all of that, there are still many battles to fight:

  • Equal pay for equal work.
  • Safety from sexual violence, at home, on the street and at work.
  • Easy access to safe and reliable birth control.

This war is not over and will not be over until women are seen and treated as equals to men. While that day has not come yet, it will come. We just have to keep working and fighting for it.

 

 

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November 8th Is Coming-Get Out And Vote!

Next Tuesday is a momentous day in American politics. November 8th, 2016 is the day that we finally go to the polls and determine who will next occupy the oval office for the next four years.

Regardless of who we vote for, we need to vote. Here are the reasons why:

  • Voting is both a privilege and a responsibility:
    • There are far too many countries in this world of ours where voting simply does not happen. The right to have a say in how a government runs a country is still a dream for far too many.
  • Don’t complain if you don’t like the decisions that our next President may or may not make.
    • There is always that one person who doesn’t vote because they don’t like either of the candidates of they feel like their voice is not heard. I can’t force anyone to vote next Tuesday, but I will say this: don’t complain about the direction this country is taking. Just saying.
  • For American women, this election is the most important election in our country’s history. There is no reason why any woman should sit back and rest on their laurels next Tuesday.
    • With a certain misogynistic, fake tan wearing Republican candidate running, Donald Trump,  running for office, we need to send a message that a woman’s place is wherever she wants it to be. Not just in the bedroom or the kitchen or the playroom with the children. There are no boundaries to what a woman can accomplish.
    • Crossing fingers, America will have her first female President in the form of Hillary Clinton. As a woman reared by the second generation of feminism, hearing the words Madame President is music to my ears and represents the work of many women for more than 100 years.
    • It was not that long ago that American women were fighting for the right to vote. In four years, we will celebrate the 100th anniversary of the 19th Amendment.

 

Next Tuesday, we have an honor, a right, a privilege and a responsibility  to step into the voting booth and determine how our future will be. I am proud to be an American and I am proud that my voice will be heard.

I hope to see you all at the voting booth.

 

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History Made: The First Female Presidential Nominee In America

Somewhere in heaven, Susan B. Anthony, Alice Paul and Betty Friedan are all cheering.

This week, Hillary Clinton accepted the democratic nominee for the 2016 Presidential race.

The glass ceiling is starting to crack in ways it has never cracked before.

The Seneca Falls Convention took place on July 19th and 20th in 1848.

The 19th amendment was ratified on August 18th, 1920.

It took American women 72 years from the earliest days of the Suffragette movement to gain the right to vote. This year celebrates the 96th anniversary of the 19th Amendment. We’ve come a very long way, but there will be many more battles ahead. I have been waiting to hear the words “Madam President” for a long time. I will be voting for Hillary come November.

I’m with her.

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Today I Voted

Today was the Democratic and Republican primaries in New York State.

Not surprisingly, Hillary Clinton won the Democratic primary and Donald Trump won the Republican primary.

Today I voted.

Among the iconic and most basic human rights that are listed on the Bill Of Rights, one of the most important is the right to vote. It guarantees all citizens have a voice in how their country is being run.

I voted today not just because it is a privilege, but because it is my right and responsibility.  There are many countries around the world where voting rights are severely restricted or non-existent, especially for women.

I voted today because 100 years ago, women were still fighting for the right to vote.

Today I voted, did you?

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Equal Pay Day

Today is #EqualPayDay.

Instead of ranting on how completely unfair it is that some of us are still earning less than our colleagues, based only upon race, sex or familial origins instead of professional experience and/or educational background, I would like appeal to the rational nature of my fellow citizens.

Logic states that an employees’ salary is dictated by their previous experience and their ability to do the job. But human beings are not always logical creatures.

Imagine a world and a country where sex, race, family origin and sexual orientation go completely unnoticed. Imagine a world where one’s salary is strictly based on the employees’ abilities to do their job.

There is so much money sitting wasted on the proverbial table. I’m not an economist by any stretch of the imagination, but if we all had a little more disposable income, perhaps there would be more jobs and a little less debt.

In 4 years, we will be celebrating the centennial anniversary of the 19th Amendment. The 19th Amendment was the beginning of fight of American women for their rights as human beings. Sadly, one of those fights is still equal pay.

Happy Tuesday.

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August 26th, 1920

Today is a momentous day. Today is the 95th birthday of the 19th Amendment.  As of 95 years ago today, American women finally gained the right to vote.

Women winning the right to vote was not a simple matter of requesting the right. It took several generations of women who sacrificed and suffered hardships along the way. But they never gave up.

Because of these women, this current generation of women have more than simply the right to vote. Professional and education opportunities are ours for the taking. Marriage and children is a choice, not a necessity.  We can own property, we make decisions over our money and our bodies.

We still have a long way to go. There are many who would prefer to take us back to an era when women were meek and amiable helpmates, wives and mothers.

But we continue to fight against the old stereotypes and fight for the rights that are ours by birth.

Happy 95th Birthday, 19th Amendment!

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A movie that every American Woman Should See

August 18th, 1920 is watershed date in the lives of American women. It is the day that the 19th Amendment was ratified, guaranteeing every American woman the right to vote.

In 2004, HBO premiered Iron Jawed Angels , the true story of the women who fought for the right to vote.

Alice Paul (Hilary Swank) and Lucy Burns (Frances O’Connor) are the leaders of the Suffragette movement, fighting for a national law providing women the right to vote. Standing in their way is not only the male led government, but the older generation,  Carrie Chapman Catt (Angelica Huston) who are advocating a state by state pathway to the right to vote instead of a national law.

This movie should be seen by every American woman. These women are brought to life as fully developed characters, flaws and all. I am reminded of this movie when I vote for my political leaders, from the smallest local government to the presidential vote.  Without these brave women,  we would still be second class citizens, without rights and chattel to the men in our lives.

“Courage in women is often mistaken for insanity” In their own time, Alice Paul and Lucy Burns were thought to be insane. But without their insanity,  we would be living in a very different country.

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