No One Ever Gave Women the Right to Vote

This isn’t especially about the Vineyard, but it speaks so powerfully to why I am so caught up in this particular election.

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Women weren’t “given” the right to vote.

Our great-grandmothers and grandmothers clawed it for us from the Patriarchy, one beating after another, one force feeding after another, one terrified night in a jail cell after another.  One wife threatening to tell what she knew, to never sleep with him again, to leave.  One mother guilt tripping her son, one sister calling in the childhood favor, one mistress swearing she’d go to the papers, one farmwife writing off the debt she couldn’t afford to write off and crediting it all to her great-great-granddaughters.

Here, at Samhain, when the veil between the worlds is thin, if you stop for just a moment, you can hear the women of your own blood calling out to you.  The women of your own line will talk to you:

I was too afraid to join them, but in my heart, I knew we deserved the vote…

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About Susanna J. Sturgis

Susanna edits for a living, writes to survive, and has two blogs going on WordPress. "From the Seasonally Occupied Territories" is about being a year-round resident of Martha's Vineyard. "Write Through It" is about writing, editing, and how to keep going.
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One Response to No One Ever Gave Women the Right to Vote

  1. Hmm…and apparently they were not “given” the right run for President either, since we talk all about demeanor, weight, appearance, and proper deportment when we talk about female political candidates. I’m proud to get the claws out… they made nice, neat holes in the ballot…

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