Eighty-eight years ago, we, as females, were given something we should’ve had all along–the right to tramp to the ballot box and cast our vote alongside men, to be counted equally. That’s right, we have had this right for less than ninety years. I’m sure some of you have grandparents older than that.
Here, in the first paragraph of the Declaration, is the assertion of the natural right of all to the ballot; for how can “the consent of the governed” be given, if the right to vote be denied?-Susan B. Anthony
To deny political equality is to rob the ostracised of all self-respect; of credit in the market place; of recompense in the world of work; of a voice among those who make and administer the law; a choice in the jury before whom they are tried, and in the judge who decides their punishment.-Elizabeth Cady StantonI never doubted that equal rights was the right direction. Most reforms, most problems are complicated. But to me there is nothing complicated about ordinary equality.-Alice PaulIf you don’t like the way the world is, you change it. You have an obligation to change it. You just do it one step at a time.– Marian Wright Edelman
So today, go out there and use what other women worked so hard to get. Stand in line if you have to, wait as long as required, and make your voice be heard.
If you won’t do it for yourself or your country, do it for all those who fought for it. They deserve it.