Wednesday August 19, 2020
This year will be the first year that The Teenager is of age to vote. Coming on the heels of one hundred years ago yesterday, when the 19th Amendment was ratified, guaranteeing women their right to vote. I don’t take it lightly, this right, and in the election this year, I get how much is on the line. I don’t need the heavy hitters of the DNC to remind me as such although I am always happy to see Michelle Obama speak on anything. The Suffragists made voting happen for women, in the late 1800’s and early 1900’s, it was their mission. In the Declaration of Sentiments, they wrote “We hold these truths to be self-evident: that all men and women are created equal; that they are endowed by their Creator with certain inalienable rights; that among these are life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness; that to secure these rights governments are instituted, deriving their powers from the consent of the governed. Whenever any form of government becomes destructive of these rights, it is the right of those who suffer from it to refuse allegiance to it, and to insist upon the institution of a new government, laying its foundation on such principles, and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their safety and happiness….” 100 years ago yesterday, on August 18, 1920, the 19th amendment was ratified (having been passed the year prior). In less than a hundred days, we get to have our day again at the polls. Let’s put our masks and our biohazard uniforms on and get to it. We have a moment upon us and it’s a heavy burden and we have not only the right but the strength and chutzpah to seize it, so let’s do this, let’s go out and vote.