It's Election Day! You know what that means, get out there and vote!
No matter who you are, there is a lot of history in how you came to get your right to vote today. Somebody at some point in time stood up for your rights, said "enough is enough" and fought for your opportunity to have a say in the governing of your country. Whether it was the men fighting in the revolutionary war to form a democracy (instead of a monarchy), the many people who stood up (or sat down) in protest during the civil rights movement to insure that men of all races could vote, or the women suffragettes marching for the right for women to vote---a lot of hard work and determination went into your ability to be involved on this day.
One of my favorite movies as a child was Mary Poppins, and one of my earliest introductions to feminism. I didn't know at the time, but I know recognize that it was the strong female role models that I loved this film for. Granted, as with most films, it is certainly not perfect in its representation of women, but it does illustrate an important time in history, that is often forgotten: the Women's Suffrage movement.
"Cast off the shackles of yesterday!
Shoulder to shoulder into the fray!
Our daughters' daughters will adore us
And they'll sign in grateful chorus
"Well done, Sister Suffragette!"
As women, let us not forget the women who fought long and hard to give us the right to vote today.
And no matter who you are, many people fought to give you your right to vote today.
Make sure you use it!