To my foremothers

The right of the citizens of the United States to vote shall not be denied or abridged by the United States or by any state on account of sex. The Nineteenth Amendment to the Constitution of the United States, adopted August 26, 1920.

You beautiful, strong women: Elizabeth Stanton and Lucretia Mott, Susan B. Anthony and Alice Paul, the brave women who suffered torture in the Occaquan workhouse, Carrie Chapman Catt, Emily Blackwell and Alice Stone Blackwell, Julia Ward Howe and Lucy Burns…

Belva Lockwood.

Victoria Woodhull.

Sojourner Truth.

This daughter recognizes how much I owe you. I want you to know that I do what I can not only to vote, but to persuade, cajole, and when necessary, yell * to get people to understand how much exercising that right that you women fought so valiantly for really matters.

I become exasperated with all those who refuse to vote, but I recoil from women who deliberately do so; it feels as though they are spitting on your graves.

Once again, with all my heart, thank you.

*I only yell at my family, generally.
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