Honor the Struggle of our Foremothers—VOTE!

Honor the Struggle of our Foremothers—VOTE!
Submitted By Anne M. Giangiulio
Chapter El Paso
Artist Statement With the ratification in 1920 of the Nineteenth Amendment, suffrage was extended to women across the United States in time for the 1920 presidential election. Susan B. Anthony and Elizabeth Cady Stanton's decades-long collaboration was pivotal for the suffrage movement and contributed significantly to the broader struggle for women's rights, which Stanton called "the greatest revolution the world has ever known or ever will know." Stanton, who was homebound with several children during this period, wrote speeches that Anthony delivered to meetings that she herself organized. Anthony, the person most closely associated in the public mind with women's suffrage, later said "I wasn't ready to vote, didn't want to vote, but I did want equal pay for equal work." Almost 100 years later, this vision of hers has still not been realized, as women earn just 79 cents for every dollar a man does. With this historic election in 2016, there is the high probability of electing the first female president and even higher hopes that equal pay for equal work will become a long overdue reality. When you vote, you honor the exhaustive efforts of Anthony, Stanton, the suffragists, and all the other women and men past and present who fought for this amazing time in history we are now experiencing to arrive. When you don't vote, like almost 40% of all Americans—out of sheer laziness, apathy, or a ridiculous justification you've somehow come up with—well, that's total bullshit, yo!
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