I don’t know whether my Great Grandmother marched for a woman’s right to vote or my Grandmother appreciated the fact she was part of the first generation of women in this country to vote after the passage of the 19th Amendment in 1920. I don’t know if I would have been among the marchers or fully appreciated my hard-earned right to vote. We all imagine ourselves as having been on the right side of history, were we to have lived through it. I hope I would have marched and voted with pride.
I do know as a woman today I stand on the shoulders of those who fought for women’s equality before me. Women of my generation have the right to go to school, rent and purchase property, practice law and medicine, and make a host of other choices for our lives. I’m sure I’m not alone in having done some of these things without having appreciated these choices were hard-won by the women of earlier generations. I knew too little of the battle for these rights to appreciate them properly or to understand they were neither universal nor inalienable. For me, the 100th anniversary of the ratification of the19th Amendment is the snooze alarm following the wake-up call of the 2016 election.
We can “celebrate” the women who went before by making sure we are on the right side of what will become the history of 2020. To do that, we must:
Get a great night’s sleep with Down Etc and then get out and vote!