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November 6, 2007

Election Day

What can we say about voting and why it's important that hasn't already been said in so many creative ways by so many awesome women over so many years? We owe it to them and to ourselves and to each other to get out there and vote, no matter how fucked up our political system is or how frustrating the world seems sometimes.

If particular care is not paid to the ladies, we are determined to foment a rebellion, and will not hold ourselves bound by any laws in which we have no voice, no representation. ~Abigail Adams (American first lady and feminist, 1744-1818)

Let woman then go on--not asking favors, but claiming as a right the removal of all hindrances to her elevation in the scale of being--let her receive encouragement for the proper cultivation of all her powers, so that she may enter profitably into the active business of life. ~Lucretia Mott (American abolitionist and suffragist, 1793-1880)

Woman stock is rising in the market. I shall not live to see women vote, but I'll come and rap on the ballot box. ~Lydia Maria Child (American writer and abolitionist, 1802-1880)

We hold these truths to be self-evident: that all men and women are created equal.

Resolved, That it is the duty of the women of this country to secure to themselves their sacred right to the elective franchise. ~Elizabeth Cady Stanton (American suffragist, 1815-1902)

The true Republic: men, their rights and nothing more; women, their rights and nothing less. ~Susan B. Anthony (American suffragist, 1820-1906)

Woman must not accept; she must challenge. She must not be awed by that which has been built up around her; she must reverence that woman in her which struggles for expression. ~Margaret Sanger (American social activist, 1879-1966)

We're half the people; we should be half the Congress. ~Jeanette Rankin (American reformer and suffragist, 1880-1973)

In place of equal respect, the nation offered women the Miss America beauty pageant, established in 1920 -- the same year women won the vote. ~Susan Faludi (American writer)

I think it's about time we voted for senators with breasts. After all, we've been voting for boobs long enough. ~Clarie Sargent (Arizona senatorial candidate)

The thing women have yet to learn is nobody gives you power. You just take it. ~Roseanne Barr (Comedian and actress)

...and on the flip side of the "why we vote" coin:

I listen to feminists and all these radical gals - most of them are failures. They've blown it. Some of them have been married, but they married some Casper Milquetoast who asked permission to go to the bathroom. These women just need a man in the house. That's all they need. Most of the feminists need a man to tell them what time of day it is and to lead them home. And they blew it and they're mad at all men. Feminists hate men. They're sexist. They hate men - that's their problem. ~Jerry Falwell

[Feminism is] a socialist, anti-family, political movement that encourages women to leave their husbands, kill their children, practice witchcraft, destroy capitalism and become lesbians. ~Pat Robertson

Sensible and responsible women do not want to vote. The relative positions to be assumed by man and woman in the working out of our civilization were assigned long ago by a higher intelligence than ours. ~Grover Cleveland (22nd & 24th President of the United States, 1837-1908)

Screw you, Grover Cleveland. Happy Election Day, ladies!

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

I've been reading this blog for months and I must say I LOVE it.

And hot damn, Grover Cleveland sucked.

I don't know what I find more depressing, the fact that the misogynistic men are clearly of inferior intellect, or the fact that no matter how intelligent a woman is, she is (even today, after given the right to vote and after supposed "equality") still seen as a PMSing, whiny human being.

By most men. By even other women. It's so frustrating. It seems as though we're given these rights to appease us; the government just looks at us and says,"Well, maybe if we give them the right to vote they'll shut up!" or "Maybe we should give them the right to abortion!" as though we're children.

And, although it's improved, I still feel like some people have failed to recognize us as human beings.