Thursday, August 26, 2004

Happy Women's Equality Day!

Congress passed the 19th Amendment on August 26, 1920, giving women the right to vote, thanks to 72 years of activism (including hunger strikes, solitary confinement, and physical abuse by prison guards) by suffragettes. I'm probably going to spend most of this coming semester badgering my apathetic peers to register.

"As a woman I have no country. As a woman my country is the whole world."
—Virginia Woolf

I've been thinking of that quote a lot lately. I never went in much for school spirit, much less patriotic flag-waving, and this administration's virulently homophobic and sexist policies have made it clear that I have no country, and never have had one. Maybe someday I will, but only if we can get people--especially single working women--to fucking vote.


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