Monday, November 3, 2008

why women should vote

Tomorrow is election day. Please go vote, it was not until 1920 that women were granted the right to go to the polls and vote.

Just ninety years ago, innocent and defenseless women picketed the White House, carrying signs asking for the vote, but they were jailed. And by the end of the night, they were barely alive.
Forty prison guards wielding clubs went on a rampage against the 33 women wrongly convicted of 'obstructing sidewalk traffic.'


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.



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.

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?

We need to get out and vote and use this right that was fought so hard for by these very courageous women.

So, whether you vote democratic, republican or independent party – REMEMBER TO VOTE!

1 comment:

melanie said...

can i write you name in??