26 August 2010

26 August - 19th Amendment

"The right of citizens of the United States to vote shall not be denied or abridged by the United States or by any State on account of sex."

Today in 1920, the 19th Amendment to the Constitution of the United States was formally adopted after receiving the requisite number of state ratifications (in this case, 36) on August 18.  

Ladies!  It was a long and tough battle to get this.  Don't treat it lightly!

I remember reading some of the arguments against woman's suffrage, including that we would invariably vote for the most handsome candidate.  Well, that hasn't happened, has it?  No indeed!  Trust me.  Women, just like men, look at the issues, study the positions of each candidate, and vote according to their conscience.  Don't they?

Of course, the first president elected after women got the vote was handsome Warren Harding - he of the Teapot Dome (and other scandals) - which was held up as a good reason NOT to let women vote.

Well, if nothing else, let us celebrate the right of women to make asses of themselves right beside men in the voting booth.

On a happier note, today is my sister's birthday:

"Whom the angels named Lenore..."
(I left off the candles, because I don't think she'd want me to show how many there would be.  Let's just say that the fire department is on stand-by.)
Happy Birthday, sis!  And many more!