By Lindsay Patton-Carson
As an American, there are many reasons why I hit the polls. I want marriage equality, I want women to get paid as much as men for the same job, I want General Electric to pay their fricken’ taxes, I could go on…
But there’s one basic reason why I vote and why I’ll continue to do so until I die:
I’m a woman, and I CAN vote.
On Aug. 26, 1920, the 19th Amendment was ratified – allowing women the right to vote. That’s not even 100 years ago. To put things in perspective: George Washington was elected as our first president in 1789. Women gained the right to vote 131 years later.
To be succinct, American women have spent more time not voting than voting.
And to get women’s right to vote? It took more than 40 years. Forty years to allow someone like me to participate in the choices that make up our country, my country.
Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Susan B. Anthony drafted the 19th Amendment in 1878 and both died more than a decade before it was ratified in 1920. These two women fought their whole adult lives for something they never got the chance to be part of. Can you think of something you’d fight until your death for? Hard, isn’t it?
So, ladies, vote or not; it’s your choice as an American. But don’t forget about the countless women before you who were forbidden from doing what you choose not to do.