Below her "introduction" is the body of the e-mail on what happened to women who came before us to win our right to vote. Do you know that we, as women, have only been able to vote for 90 years? Please vote. Please do not waste your right. We live in a fallen...falling...world & we need to use everything we can for the glory of the Lord.
Blessings from Ohio...Kim<><
I do not support the causes of "NOW - the National Organization of Women". They don't represent me. I don't support "Planned Parenthood of America" started by to "weed out" the undesirables. But I am a mom with a child and a woman who loves my country because it allows me the right to worship my Jesus and speak about Him freely, to raise my son and love and honor my wonderful husband. I am a blessed woman. I don't have to dip my finger in ink to cast my vote risking my life as some do.
This November 2nd, you have a privilege to speak out. You may not agree with me on some or all things and I may not agree with all of you on all things but I value your right to speak.
Please don't allow busyness to keep you from voting. For me the vote is for the right to life, the sanctity of marriage and the freedom to worship. It is calling our "servants" in public office to act like servants, acting in integrity. It is about limited government and more rights for families to raise their families. It is about rolling back debt I don't want my son to be saddled with.
Whatever you vote, please vote.I may not have agreed with the thoughts and lifestyles of all of the women below but they paid quite a price for me to have a voice to agree/disagree. On Tuesday, November 2nd, remember those women in other countries who would give anything to be able to vote to help their children, love their families.
This is the story ......
of our Mothers and Grandmothers who 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 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.'
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.
They hurled Dora Lewis into a dark cell, smashed her head against an iron bed and knocked her out cold. Her cell mate, 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.
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?
Mrs Pauline Adams in the prison garb she wore while serving a 60 day sentence.
Have we forgotten the battle these women waged so that I could pull the curtain at the polling booth and have my say? I am ashamed to say I needed the reminder.
Miss Edith Ainge, of Jamestown , New York
All these years later, voter registration is still my passion. But the actual act of voting had become less personal for me, more rote. Frankly, voting often felt more like an obligation than a privilege. Sometimes it was inconvenient.
(Berthe Arnold, CSU graduate)
What would those women think of the way I use, or don't use, my right to vote? All of us take it for granted now, not just younger women, but those of us who did seek to learn. The right to vote, someone has said, had become valuable to her 'all over again.'
Conferring over ratification of the U.S. Constitution at National Woman's Party headquarters, Jackson Place , Washington , D.C. to the
Left to right: Mrs. Lawrence Lewis, Mrs. Abby Scott Baker, Anita Pollitzer, Alice Paul, Florence Boeckel, Mabel Vernon (standing, right))
In a recent HBO movie, it is jarring to watch Woodrow Wilson [a Democratic-Progressive/Socialist] and his cronies try to persuade a psychiatrist to declare Alice Paul insane so that she could be permanently institutionalized. And it is inspiring to watch the doctor refuse. Alice Paul was strong, he said, and brave. That didn't make her crazy.
The doctor admonished the men: 'Courage in women is often mistaken for insanity.'
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.
Helena Hill Weed, Norwalk , Conn. Serving 3 day sentence in D.C. prison for carrying banner, 'Governments derive their just powers from the consent of the governed.'
IN GOD, I TRUST!