📡 Help Fix Washington! ~
If you don’t vote, you can’t complain about the idiocy that occurs in Washington. That’s what my Mom always told me. Your vote does matter, it does count and it’s your constitutional right to exercise it every 2 years.
My Grandmother came from a time when women weren’t allowed to vote. Even as a young girl she felt women should be treated equally and be given the right to vote. In 1910 when she was 13, the 19th Amendment was passed giving women the right to step into a polling place and voice their own opinion. But there were still men who controlled the actions of women.So even when she became of legal voting age, her father would not allow her to vote.
My grandmother was married in 1922 on the 4th of July no less. That autumn her husband proudly took her to the polling place in their little town where she cast her very first vote. She voted in every election, presidential or mid-term election until her death in 1993.
She constantly reminded my sisters and I that we have this right because many brave women before us fought and risked their lives so we could exercise our civil rights as an American citizen. Not to vote and exercise that right, would be disrespecting that fight and what those women went through for us.
Brutal Treatment of Women Suffragists at Occoquan Workhouse by By Jone Johnson Lewis, lays out what some of those brave women faced while standing up to the Government. Was it really brutal? It may sound exaggerated, but the brutality these women faced has been carefully documented to recount their historic fight. Yes it’s true.
Today Women’s rights to control our own bodies is under attack by men who have been elected to office. That stand on a pulpit and scream about freedom, maintaining limited government and keeping the government out of our health care. Then they turn around and force woman to have unnecessary medical procedures, limiting our choices over what our own bodies go through, and increasing the control of the government over our lives. Attempting to dictate to the lesbians amongst us about who we can and cannot marry.
The only way to change the status quo is to exercise your right to vote! Take control of your life back from those who wish to govern your rights away piece by piece. Honor the memory of those women who came before you and get out to the polling place for your region!