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19th Amendment — 90 years old

A few days ago, August 26, the anniversary of when the 19th amendment was enacted, came and went and I didn’t hear a mention of it!  Okay, I am living overseas, but it didn’t even show on any of the news network websites that I looked at.  And why is this something that bothers me… The 19th amendment gave women the right to vote!!!!

So many young girls/women don’t understand that it was less than 100 years ago that women received the right to vote.  And it was women like Elizabeth Cady Stanton, Lucretia Mott and Susan B. Anthony that got the ball rolling.  I wish that more was taught in the schools about these amazing women.  And just maybe we can find role models for our daughters that do not include Paris Hilton, Brittany Spears and Lindsay Lohan!!!

If it werent’ for the woman of the United States Suffrage Movement, women would still be unable to vote, not own property and you would never see them holding office or in the military!  Take some time to learn about these women.  You may be surprise about what they did for you and the women that came before you!


Is being liberal a bad thing?!

I celebrated my friend’s 40th birthday yesterday.  He, his wife and I have all been friends since college and it has been a long time since we’ve seen each other.  In the morning, I looked up what happened on this day in history.  I do this often and it is something fun to see who he shared his birthday with (We thought it was cool that his birthday was shared with Thomas Magnum!) and other historical events.  I also decided to do this again this morning.

On my search today, August 5, there was a significant birth and death, but I’m sure that few people even know these ladies.  It was the birth of Mary Ritter Beard and the death of Millicent Garrett Fawcett.  Both ladies were part of the women’s suffrage.  Ms. Beard in both the United States and Great Britain, and Ms. Fawcett in Great Britain.  I read about what these ladies did.  And as I read, I realized that these ladies were extremely liberal for the time that they lived.  They did things that were not the “norm” of that time and wanted massive change!

For the most part, people think that because I am married to a soldier that I am very conservative.  But if you get to know me, you will realize that I am one that is not easily labeled.  It has been often said that I am too liberal to be a republican, but to conservative to be a democrat.  I’m rather stuck in the middle. 

So the next time that someone scoffs at a liberal idea, remind them that some liberal ideas are not all bad.  If they were, women may still not have the right to vote or own property!!!

National Women’s History Month

I’m a little behind on this and really can not believe that I forgot that March is National Women’s History Month. This year’s theme is “Women Taking the Lead to Save Our Planet”. And because my family tries hard to reduce, reuse and recycle and limit our carbon imprint on the world, I love this theme.  Click here to see the White House press release.  And the following two sites have wonderful information too.  The National Women’s History Project has information on the 2009 honorees and great information on why they do what they do!  Also, to my surprise, the National Parks Service has great information on women in history and places you can go and visit to learn more.  (The have listed the Amelia Earhart Birthplace Museum.  My family visited there on a recent trip to Atchison, Kansas and we LOVED it.)  But, since I am an Army wife, I can not just focus on the theme this year! 

As a little girl, I remember hearing the story of Molly Pitcher (aka Mary Ludwig Hays McCauley) and how she continued to fire that cannon during the Revolutionary War.  And the story of Clara Barton and how she helped create the American Red Cross.  But the only references I ever had about women in the Army was from watching M*A*S*H!!  Now that is not the best reference for learning anything about the Army, even if it is a classic TV show!!

The US Army has put together an amazing website that includes a timeline, history and profiles of all things that has to do with the history of women in the US Army.  Women in the US Army website, not only highlights women of the past, but women who are currently serving as soldiers now.  I strongly urge you to take a good look at this website.  Since I just found it today, I am going to share it with my seven-year old daughter tonight.  And I also hope that one day we will be able to visit the US Army Women’s Museum at Ft Lee, Virginia.  I hope by sharing this with my children that they will understand that they really can do anything they won’t to do — regardless of sex or race! 

I also hope that all of you will share this with young women — and men — so that they can see that amazing things in history are not just something done by the men in our history books!

Yes Women You Need to Vote! And this Household 6 will tell you why!

When I moved to our current location, I was talking with my neighbor one day about the war and whether or not we should be in Iraq.  She became very opinionated about her views.  The conversation turned to the current election and she admitted to me that she has never voted.  Whenever I hear that someone hasn’t voted, especially a woman, it really gets me fired up.  As a military wife, I have a choice in who my husband’s commander is and as a woman, I don’t want to not exercise my right that so many women fought for!  For some reason, we are just not taught about how hard it was for women to get the right to vote.  People take this right for granted — especially women!

Most of us have heard about Susan B. Anthony, but how many of you know Elizabeth Cady Stanton and LucertiaMott?  Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Lucertia Mott were leaders in securing women’s right to vote starting in 1848.  Four years later, Susan B. Anthony joined their cause.  Most people think that the women’s suffrage movement was just about the right to vote, but it went way beyond that.  Stanton and Mott were also abolitionistsand after the Civil War, worked with other women’s issues that included property rights, parental and custody rights, employment and income rights, divorce laws economic healthof the family and birth control.

It was not that long ago that women were deemed property; either of their father or husband.  We could not own property, divorce was only something a man could do, our children could be taken away and birth control was illegal (they weren’t even able to talk about the “rhythm method”).  And because of the women I mentioned above and many others like them, we have many rights that women before us did not have.  These women protested, were arrested, beaten and some even died for the women’s suffragemovement.  Now while Elizabeth Cady Stanton, Lucertia Mott, and Susan B. Anthony did not live to see the ratification of the 19th amendment that gave women the right to vote, they would be the first in line on election day.  We have many reasons to thanks these ladies.  Every time we get a paycheck that is same as our male counterpart, attend college with the men, use birth control, etc. we need to thank them.

And there is not better way to thank these women then by VOTING!!!!  So please register and VOTE!!!!!  Do this for the women that came before you and the daughters you have or may have.  Please do not take this right for granted.