Monday, September 8, 2008

Women's Right to Vote

This is off the subject of crafting but I feel the need to share. I received an email that outlined the Night of Terror in November 1917. I read it and was inspired to forward it on to the lovely ladies in my address book. Then I googled Night of Terror in November 1917 to learn more. If reading the stories of the courageous women who stood up to the political system of that era does not inspire you to take a closer look at our election today, I don't know what will! I challenge you to google this event then comment on my blog! I firmly believe that you will be moved by these women.

I have been guilty of not making time to exercise my right to vote. Reading their stories left me ashamed that I had chosen to sleep an extra fifteen minutes instead of heading to the polls even for the "minor" elections. These women were beaten and fed rancid food and tortured for MY right to vote and I did not honor their struggle.

Another question came to mind ~ why isn't this taught in American History? I remember that it was touched upon but it wasn't taught. There were no details. It was treated as a brief footnote to the overall history lesson. We need to have this as an important part of high school American history curriculum. These women began the fight we still fight today! As a woman, I just can't sit idly by and let this go unheard by women today. I am not sure what I will do, but I have to do something. How about you?

Ok, I am hopping off the soapbox and heading off to googleland to do more research. Blessings for today are:
1. The ladies who fought for my right to vote!
2. Living in a country where my rights and freedoms are protected
3. The men and women who fought and died to maintain my freedom and liberty

God is good indeed!

1 comment:

storybeader said...

first thing is YES, you must go out and vote - everytime, everywhere.

About the past: I have heard of the Night of Terror before, but would have to read more to talk intelligently. It's pretty amazing when you think about it - it hasn't been that long ago, when women got the right to vote. We should be grateful to our "sisters" for being so courageous, and standing up to (some) men.