Yesterday, I stepped into a voting booth. I stopped at the desk where I identified myself, and signed my name. I was handed a ballot and filled out the voting circles with a designated felt tip pen.
I inserted it into the voting machine.
And I voted.
Easy peasy, right?
Well, I owe a lot to those who paved the way for me. Until 1917, I could not have done this simple thing.
But there were male suffragists, too.
Frederick Douglass, who also lived in Rochester.
Last year, our governor emailed:
York is not only the birthplace of the women’s rights movement, but it
has a proud history of courageous women who triumphed over
discrimination and advanced equality and opportunity for women
everywhere. From suffrage pioneer Susan B. Anthony, who was
arrested in 1872 at her home in Rochester for
daring to vote...."
Yes, can you imagine a woman being arrested for what I did so easily yesterday.
I have a lot to be grateful for. If you are a woman living in the United States, I hope you exercised the well-fought for right to vote, too.