Women Here Is A Day We Can All Celebrate – November 2
We hold these truths to be self-evident: that all men and women are created equal.
Elizabeth Cady Stanton
It was we, the people; not we, the male citizens; but we, the whole people, who formed the Union. And we formed it, not to give the blessings of liberty, but to secure them; not to the half of ourselves and the half of our posterity, but to the whole people – women as well as men.
Susan B. Anthony
Today’s video is a visual tribute to the women who fought tirelessly for the right to vote. During every election, we spend so much time focusing on what we have not done, what we have not accomplished, how we are falling short, but what I always see is how far we have come.
Today is November 2, 2016 and 97 years ago on this day women in America voted for the first time.
Men did not want women to have the vote, which was made clear after the War of Independence, but in 1848 Elizabeth Cady Stanton changed all that with the first Women’s Rights Convention, but it would take another 70 years that would include women being jailed and beaten before women would have the same rights as men, the right to vote. In the end it took 144 years for women to have the right to vote.
It was a battle every step of the way and we have one man, who loved his mother very much to thank. Harry Burn, who at the time was the youngest legislator in the state of Tennessee, cast the deciding vote. He did it for his mother and he changed the lives of every woman in the United States of America.
Women have fought for this country since the Revolutionary War, all women from all different backgrounds, cultures, religions and ages. Women fought in every war. The famous story of Deborah Sampson who dressed as a man during The American Revolutionary War so she could fight, because she believed in freedom is just one example, but there are thousands.
Women fought and were spies during the Civil War. One woman, Clara Barton, went from field hospital to field hospital building a team to take care of the wounded. After the war she founded the American Red Cross and she did not have the right to vote when she was alive.
There are thousands and thousands of unsung heroines and heroes yesterday, today and will be tomorrow who work tirelessly every day for women to have the rights we take for granted.
We always move forward, we are educated and we work in just about every profession. We hold political office, high level corporate positions and we raise our families.
America continues to move forward towards a more perfect union along roads that are consistently being challenged, but look how far we have come.
Who are your unsung heroines? How do you honor their legacy? What is the legacy you will give to the children of tomorrow?
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