Tuesday, September 2, 2008

Why Women Should Vote

I received this story in an email from a friend and it really touched my heart. I knew about the fight that women who came before us fought to get women the right to vote. I had no idea the torture and pain they endured for this fight. All women should get out there in vote. If not for the candidate of your choice then for all the women who came before us to fight for this right. Please don't let their pain, suffering and deaths be in vain.

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?

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.


  1. Very interesting. Love the pictures. I know I'm glad I can vote.

  2. Isn't it sad that we don't take advantage of all the privileges we have. Someone fought for every one of our freedoms, and sometimes we forget. Be sure and vote.

  3. Isn't it sad that we don't take advantage of all the privileges we have. Someone fought for every one of our freedoms, and sometimes we forget. Be sure and vote.

  4. really heart-wrenching, yes i believe we should have time to vote, to honor those who offered their lives and to protect our future

  5. Somehow I missed this post previously, but I'm glad I found it today. Thanks for sharing ... and I'll definitely pass it along.
    Hugs and blessings,


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