Woman Voters

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    I got this in an email from my daughter's grandmother. I thought it was interesting, I learned some new things:
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    A Message for all women

    THIS IS MOVING. HOW QUICKLY WE FORGET.....IF ....WE EVER KNEW......

    WHY WOMEN SHOULD VOTE

    This is the story of our Grandmothers and Great-grandmothers; they lived only 90 years ago.

    Remember, it was not until 1920
    that women were granted the right to go to the polls and vote.

    The women were innocent and defenseless, but they were jailed
    nonetheless for picketing the White House, carrying signs asking
    for the vote.

    And by the end of the night, they were barely alive.
    Forty prison guards wielding clubs and their warden's blessing
    went on a rampage against the 33 women wrongly convicted of
    'obstructing sidewalk traffic.'


    (Lucy Burns)
    They beat Lucy Burns, chained her hands to the cell bars above
    her head and left her hanging fo! r the ni ght, bleeding and gasping
    for air.

    (Dora Lewis)
    They hurled Dora Lewis into a dark cell, smashed her
    head against an iron bed and knocked her out cold. Her cellmate,
    Alice Cosu, thought Lewis was dead and suffered a heart attack.
    Additional affidavits describe the guards grabbing, dragging,
    beating, choking, slamming, pinching, twisting and kicking the women.

    Thus unfolded the 'Night of Terror' on Nov. 15, 1917,
    when the warden at the Occoquan Workhouse in Virginia ordered his
    guards to teach a lesson to the suffragists imprisoned there because
    they dared to picket Woodrow Wilson's White House for the right
    to vote.
    For weeks, the women's only water came from an open pail. Their
    food--all of it colorless slop--was infested with worms.

    (Alice Paul)
    When one of the leaders, Alice Paul, embarked on a hunger strike, they tied her to a chair, forced a tube down her throat and poured liquid into her until she vomited. She was tortured like this for weeks
    until word was smuggled out to the press.
    http://memory.loc.gov/ammem/collections/suffrage/nwp/prisoners.pdf

    So, refresh my mem ory. Some women won't vote this year because-
    -why, exactly? We have carpool duties? We have to get to work?
    Our vote doesn't matter? It's raining?

    Last week, I went to a sparsely attended screening of HBO's new
    movie 'Iron Jawed Angels.' It is a graphic depiction of the battle
    these women waged so that I could pull the curtain at the polling
    booth and have my say. I am ashamed to say I needed the reminder.

    All these years later, voter registration is still my passion. But the
    actual act of voting had become less personal for me, more rote.
    Frankly, voting often felt more like an obligation than a privilege.
    Sometimes it was inconvenient.

    My friend Wendy, who is my age and studied women's history,
    saw the HBO movie, too. When she stopped by my desk to talk
    about it, she looked angry. She was--with herself. 'One thought
    kept coming back to me as I watched that movie,' she said.
    'What would those women think of the way I use , or don't use,
    my right to vote? All of us take it for granted now, not just
    younger women, but those of us who did seek to learn.' The
    right to vote, she said, had become valuable to her 'all over again.'

    HBO released the movie on video and DVD . I wish all history,
    social studies and government teachers would include the movie in
    their curriculum I want it shown on Bunco night, too, and anywhere
    else women gather. I realize this isn't our usual idea of socializing,
    but we are not voting in the numbers that we should be, and I think
    a little shock therapy is in order.

    It is jarring to watch Woodrow Wilson and his cronies try to persuade a psychiatrist to declare Alice Paul insane so that she could be permanently institutionalized. And it is inspiring to watch the doctor refuse. Alice Paul was strong, he said, and brave. That didn't make her crazy.

    The doctor admonished the men: 'Courage in women is often mistaken for insanity.'

    Please, if you are so inclined, pass this on to all the women you know.

    We need to get out and vote and use this right that was fought so
    hard for by these very courageous women. Whether you vote democratic, republican or independent party - remember to vote.

    History is being made
     
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    I really want to see that movie now. I guess I didn't realize how hard these women fought for our right to vote. I have voted in every election since I was 18, I even vote in the primary's. :D
     
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    Me too Echo. I have voted in every election since I was old enough. I think I even remember voting for Abe Lincoln. :lol:

    I am sure that you could rent that HBO movie at Blockbusters or someplace. It was an excellant movie, and would be a great one for your daughter to watch, and every other young lady in the country. :eusa_angel:
     
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    I do find it sort of painfully ironic that once again a minority is going to get into office before a woman though.

    Blacks got into Congress before a woman did, and now a Black man is going to break through the Oval office before a woman did, too.

    Sort of makes the Hillanistas' frustration more understandable, in light of civil rights history, doesn't it?

    I must say, speaking of Hillary Clinton, she's doing the class act here, telling her supporters that she is supporting Obama.

    I hope all her delegates give her their first vote.

    They need to show the world, and ESPECIALLY the DEMS what power their faction really has in that party.

    Then, when she doesn't get that nod on that first vote, I hope they all vote for O. The Hillary delegates need to alert the die-hard Hillanistas' rank and file that now is the time for all good feminists to come to the aid of THEIR party.
     
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    Except Obama's not going to win.
     
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    i heard from a delegate that many states, if not all, have the rule that the state delegates MUST go with how their state voted, for 2 rounds of votes...by LAW they must follow the citizrn's vote, in which they represent, TWICE before being released from their sworn, commitment, as a delegate...

    wonder how many states really have this law/rule?

    care
     
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    Hard to realise that women had to suffer to get the vote isn't it? Hand it to New Zealand, first country in the world to give women the vote in 1893.

    I wonder if that film is available here, I'd like to see it. Thank you for pointing it out.
     
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    Well, click on this and you can buy it for under 5 bucks! :cool:


    Iron Jawed Angels - Buy Cheap DVDs at HotMovieSale.com
     
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    Not to mention, women only received civil rights in 1975. And, that was only because a two southern senators wanted to kill the civil rights bill of 64. It wasnt til nearly a decade later when women learned of their inclusion in the bill when it was discovered and ruled upon in a lawsuit.
     

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