I am a financial writer. Although there are some who dispute my claim of a non-partisan parsing of economic data because my conclusions do not concur with their political leanings, I endeavor to remain politically neutral. I do, however, feel that every woman has an obligation to vote. Here’s why.
It was not until 1920 that we earned the right to vote. That right was earned from women who were jailed for picketing the White House, beaten by prison guards with the blessing of the warden, after being arrested for blocking traffic.
Lucy Burns’ hands were chained to the to the cell bars over her head after she had been beaten. She spent the night hanging from her chains, bleeding and gasping for air.
Dora Lewis was hurled into a dark cell, her head smashed against an iron bed. She was knocked unconscious, but her cell mate, Alice Cosu, thought she was dead, and suffered a heart attack.
Guards grabbed, dragged, beat, choked, and kicked these women in response to the warden’s orders to “teach these women a lesson” at Virginia’s Occoquan Workhouse on November 17, 1917.
Whomever the candidate you choose, remember that “one woman, one vote” was a battle hard fought by brave women within the last century. It is your right. It is your responsibility.
It is in doing so that we stand on the brave shoulders of those who fought for us.