Remember why its a privilege?

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  1. I have WHAT in my yard?

    I have WHAT in my yard? Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 24, 2008
    Eggberg, PA
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    We do get complacent at the price that our ancestors paid for our rights. We should be grateful for their fight and should demonstrate that by voting. Our freedom to do so came only at great sacrifice.



    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 for the night, 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.

    So, refresh my memory. 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.

    Sharon Sanders, PhD
    Program Manager, ClemsonLIFE
    Department of Teacher Education
    212 Holtzendorff Hall
    Clemson University
    Clemson , SC 29634

    Each person has an equal opportunity, not to become equal, but to become different and to realize whatever unique potential of body, mind and spirit he or she possesses.
    -- John Fischer
  2. BearSwampChick

    BearSwampChick Chicken Sensei

    Jan 10, 2008
    Marysville, OH
    We should not only exercise our right to vote that those brave women struggled to bring to all women; but also, we should educate ourselves on the candidates and the issues and be informed voters. Nothing angers me more than people who vote blindly without researching. And by researching, I mean more than listen to Fox News or MSNBC. Do your own digging!
  3. chickiebaby

    chickiebaby Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jan 2, 2008
    western mass
    Thank you for posting.

    Let's all honor those amazing women of our great grandmothers' generation! My great grandmother, born in 1988, - duh, edited to say 1888 - emigrated from tsarist Russia in 1910, and voted the very first day she could, in lower Manhattan, in a slum of slums. My own grandmother remembers the day her mom took her, a tiny kid, along to vote. I remember pulling the lever for my Mom. My daughters come with me every election day.

    This year, I think we're going to visit with friends in PA to work for the Obama campaign in the week before the election.

    Take your daughters' or neighbor's kids along, that Tuesday, and let them see you vote and tell them why our rights matter!

    Thanks, OP!
    Last edited: Sep 8, 2008
  4. JennsPeeps

    JennsPeeps Rhymes with 'henn'

    Jun 14, 2008
    South Puget Sound
    I've never voted... in a voting booth.

    I turned 18 just weeks before the 1992 presidential election and weeks before I was moving away to college. Due to laws about being a registered voter for a certain period before voting in a presidential election, I actually registered when I was still 17. I still remember sitting in my dorm room in late October 1992, filling out my absentee ballot.

    I've voted by absentee ballott in nearly every election ever since. My fore-mothers fought for me to have this right and I won't take it away for myself.
  5. JennsPeeps

    JennsPeeps Rhymes with 'henn'

    Jun 14, 2008
    South Puget Sound
    Oh, and BTW... voting it's a privilege in our country, as it is in some others.

    It's a right.
  6. ninjapoodles

    ninjapoodles Sees What You Did There

    May 24, 2008
    Central Arkansas
    Quote:Also, "Iron-Jawed Angels" is a must-watch film. For everyone.
  7. Backyard Buddies

    Backyard Buddies Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jan 11, 2007
    Orange County, CA
    Thanks so much for bringing this film to our attention. I'm going to go search for it right after I get off my computer!

    As one who loves history and studies it as a hobby, I've long appreciated what the people of our grandmother's and great-grandmother's generations (and stretching back even before the Civil War) have done to fight for our right to vote. As fascinating as it has been to read, I can only imagine how it would be to see these events depicted on film. Like Chickiebaby's ancestor, my grandmother was also an immigrant (although illegally initially! Yes, it happened back then, too. [​IMG] ) but as soon as she could, she registered to vote and was always interested in politics.

    And, perhaps I'll have a showing myself. One of my best friends, a smart woman with a masters degree, has confessed that she rarely studies the issues and simply allows her husband to tell her which way to vote. When she confessed this to me, she got a quick but polite lesson from me about the price that other women paid for her right to have her own say. I'm forever grateful to those women and can't wait to watch this!

    Note to Chickiebaby: You Rock! Good for you for not only getting involved but teaching that as well!
    Last edited: Sep 8, 2008
  8. chickiebaby

    chickiebaby Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jan 2, 2008
    western mass
    I love the idea of having a get-together with this movie. Thanks for the idea, BackyardBuddies, and thanks for the recc, Ninja. I'm on it!
  9. Backyard Buddies

    Backyard Buddies Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jan 11, 2007
    Orange County, CA
    Actually, the OP had that suggestion in the third to the bottom larger paragraph so I can't take credit. [​IMG] Bunco night showings was a suggestion in that paragraph. I don't have a bunco group, but several of my friends do. Most of them confess that Bunco night is just a ruse - a drunken night excuse to bash the husbands. [​IMG] If that's really the case, the movie just might not be a bad diversion! ha!
  10. chickiebaby

    chickiebaby Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jan 2, 2008
    western mass
    Caught me skipping the end of a post. Shame on me!

    But what is Bunco?

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