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Doing My Part, Being of Service–in a Voting Booth!

A Year of Being Kind blog – Tuesday, November 4, 2014

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Doing My Part, Being of Service–in a Voting Booth!

Today was Election Day, across the United States. I went to the polling place, across the street. I was pleased to see that so many women—so many people actually care about elections. They actually believe in democracy. Representative government, on the local level, as well as on the national level.

But it hasn’t been that way for too long. I had two aunts—both recently died, each one an older sister in the families of each of my parents. Each of them was born before women received the right to vote through constitutional amendment in 1919. So, it was within each of their lifetimes that their mothers, aunts and grandmothers received suffrage.

I have heard stories of the extreme difficulties women had, in getting suffrage. Marches. Women thrown in prison. Talks, gatherings, rallies in a visible—public—place. Women thrown in prison. Entering polling places of that period, where women were not allowed—women thrown in prison.

I am grateful to those brave, persistent women who campaigned for suffrage. Voting rights for women.

As my mother repeatedly told me (and anyone else who was within hearing), exercise your right to vote. She advocated for everyone becoming an informed, educated voter. My mother was a political science major in college (she attended the University of Chicago in the late 1930’s and early 1940’s, as did my father). She was thoroughly convinced that an informed, knowledgeable electorate was the foundation of a healthy representative democracy.

I’ve become more and more cynical as the decades have gone by, but I still hope. I still have faith in some of the elected officials. (I did say “some,” not “most” or “all.” See my cynicism?) My mom died in 2002, but I am still voting. And I am still advocating for informed, educated voters. God willing, I may be able to urge some people to continue to vote, and not give up, roll over and play dead.

I voted today. I tried to do my part. Here’s hoping.


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2 thoughts on “Doing My Part, Being of Service–in a Voting Booth!

  1. I think the best way for us as women to keep voting even when we are feeling cynical is to remember the suffrage and civil rights movements. As a mom to two girls, I’m also going to make sure they are aware of the history behind their votes. Thought I voted, I still feel cynical. Not one of the people I voted for yesterday won.

    • Oh, exactly, Candy. I often get dispirited and even depressed when I think about what a joke the political process is, in some communities around the country. But then, I can lift up certain other places where the democratic principles I grew up with are still firmly held–and adhered to. Yes, I am conflicted. However, I need to remember those brave, persistent suffragettes. My three daughters know about them. (Especially my oldest, who minored in women’s studies for her bachelor’s degree.)

      You and I and many other women need to keep voting. Keep involved. If not in national or state politics, then locally. I know I can make a difference, especially as pastor here in the Chicago suburbs. God bless you and your family.

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