Monday marks the 93rd anniversary of the day that the Constitution was amended to grant women the right to vote. We mark this occasion with reflections on how far we have come, as well as optimism that this year will bring even more Americans into the democratic process.
Yet, given what is happening in state legislatures (and the overthrow of the Civil Rights Voting Act) not only women, but anyone who leans toward “progressive” on the political scale, may find themselves without access to the ballot box.
As hard as the Suffragists fought to get women the vote (forced feedings, imprisonment, years of marches and petitions, etc), that right is now being eroded by the efforts of state legislatures who are falling all over themselves to throw up roadblocks to the ballot box. That way lies tyranny.
As the nation celebrates its recent history, in particular, the civil rights movement, let us not forget how far we have yet to go to make our country truly equal. Women have the power to ensure everyone has a say in our democracy. Let’s use it! Be an informed participant in electoral politics.