Dear Kay, and knitters across the land,
Today is Election Day in the United States.
Here’s what I’m thinking.
Women haven’t had the right to vote in the United States for very long. The 19th Amendment to the Constitution was ratified on August 18, 1920, after 72 years of protest which began at the Seneca Falls Convention in 1848, the first gathering to call for the rights of women.
Until this election cycle, I haven’t thought about what it felt like to live in a country where men could vote, but women couldn’t.
Think about it. It sucked. How outrageous. How despicable.
The video up top is helpful, because it shows us the faces of the women who fought—for decades—to give us this right.
Please take a moment to look at all those faces. These were the leaders who fought for women’s suffrage. And there were thousands of others who stuck their necks out at a time when women’s rights were mocked, insulted, and rejected.
“How long must women wait for liberty?” they asked.
Well, here we are, a century later, complacent, with maybe 60 percent turnout from women for a presidential election.
These women, the Silent Sentinels, protested in front of the White House for 18 months. They would have loved to see the Women’s March last January. And they would love to see us lining up at the polls today.
Let’s honor their fight by making sure our votes are cast. Go early, revel in the fact that we get to do this, and celebrate the day.
PS The 1913 hat game, pre pussyhat, was incredible. Also: we need to bring back the muff.