Tuesday, February 12, 2008

Susan B., Grimke Sisters, Ida B. Wells, Elizabeth Cady Stanton, Sojourner Truth--I hear ya callin'!

It was early, and it was cold. We were a motley crew, but I dragged the boys along with me as I went to cast my vote in the VA Primaries today. Being the only one voting in the Democratic election the entire time I was at my polling place, I was afraid I was in the wrong place. But, all eyes on the lone Democrat, I strolled up and had my own 19th Amendment Moment.

In spite of my own house splitting the party vote, I was exited to be voting for a woman!! While I am confident the race/gender card would have also split the original suffragists votes, I feel like I am in a win/win situation.
"That man over there says that women need to be helped into carriages, and lifted over ditches, and to have the best place everywhere. Nobody ever helps me into carriages, or over mud-puddles, or gives me any best place! And ain't I a woman? Look at me! Look at my arm! I have ploughed and planted, and gathered into barns, and no man could head me! And ain't I a woman? I could work as much and eat as much as a man - when I could get it - and bear the lash as well! And ain't I a woman? I have borne thirteen children, and seen most all sold off to slavery, and when I cried out with my mother's grief, none but Jesus heard me! And ain't I a woman? ...
If the first woman God ever made was strong enough to turn the world upside down all alone, these women together ought to be able to turn it back , and get it right side up again! And now they is asking to do it, the men better let them.
Obliged to you for hearing me, and now old Sojourner ain't got nothing more to say."
Sojourner Truth (1797-1883): Ain't I A Woman?Delivered 1851Women's Convention, Akron, Ohio


Brittany & John said...

Voting in the primary...I'm very proud of you!

Elizabeth said...

We have a caucus here. It feels weird not to go vote in the primary.

Jenny said...

I didn't vote for Hillary because she's a woman - I voted for her because I am.
Way to represent Jaime and I agree - I'm not anti-Obama, just pro Clinton.

Jaime said...

Yeah-I didn't necessarily vote for Clinton because she was a woman, but it was nice that someone I could rally for and believe in, was finally a woman.

Lauren said...

So I am guessing Jack likes Obama?

I kept getting toll free calls encouraging me to vote in the Virginia Primaries! Don't they know I was forced from my homeland and now have to dwell in Georgia!!!!! Talk about insult to injury!

Oh, please don't get mad at me...but because I got tagged to write 7 things about myself I get to tag 7 people...yeah, I'm drunk with power...So "TAG" I want to read 7 things about you on your blog!

Are you mad?



Are you?

Ya know what, I don't care..."TAG":)

Jaime said...

I too think it is win/win for me. I am rooting for Obama at this point, but feel good about Hillary too. I think either has a lot to offer and I can't wait to cast my vote for whomever gets the nomination.

Jaime said...

Okay...so hopefully we all know that I (jack) posted that last one, right?

Lauren said...

I thought it was Jaime posting so, I got all confused...

are you mad? are you?


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