Tuesday, November 4, 2008

Election Day!

"There never will be complete equality until women themselves help to make laws and elect lawmakers."
--- Susan B. Anthony (1820-1906), abolitionist & pioneer in the women's suffrage movement

My friends*, it has finally arrived. Election Day. After nearly 2 years of primaries, caucuses, Super Delegates, campaign ads, debates, conventions, Joe The Plumber, and SNL political skits, today we choose our new President.

*opening phrase courtesy of John McCain, Maverick

I'm always reflective on Election Day, thankful for the right to cast my vote. It was only in this country's recent history, starting in 1920 --- only 88 years ago! --- that women could vote without being mocked, arrested, sent to prison.

That seems almost unimaginable to us today, doesn't it? Now, the candidates clamor & compete for women's votes, Senator Clinton was a viable candidate for the Democratic party, and Governor Palin is the VP candidate on the GOP ticket. But there are still women in the world struggling for the basic right to vote. In 2008.

Ladies, please vote today! I consider my vote a tribute and a symbol of gratitude to those who sacrificed so much for my right to cast it.

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