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Our fight

On August 26 1920, the 19th Amendment was passed, and it declared that no one be denied the right to vote based on their gender. It had been over seventy years in the making. Since 1848 at the Seneca Falls Convention, women across the country demanded a voice in their government. They were tired of being told they weren’t smart enough to vote or that they didn’t need to because their husbands, brothers and fathers could decide for them. They had enough of being treated unfairly and stood up to do something about it.

Women of today face a similar fight. We are being told that concerns about our own reproductive health aren’t legitimate, and that we aren’t capable of making decisions about our own bodies. Despite landmark legislation like the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act—which amended the statute of limitations by which women could sue their employers—we still aren’t receiving equal pay for equal work. And, casualties from the glass ceiling are evident as not nearly enough women are becoming doctors, lawyers, CEOs or elected officials.

Over one hundred years ago, suffragettes fought for their right to vote so women of today wouldn’t have to. They gave modern women a voice to stand up for themselves both at the polls and as elected officials. Sometimes it may seem as though one vote doesn’t make a difference, but a few million votes all saying the same thing make all the difference. With 52% of the vote, women have the power to change history this November by electing men and women who stand for tolerance and fairness, who are inclusive not exclusive, and who will put their constituents before themselves.

In 1920, women amended the United States Constitution. What can we do this year?