for all women
Great-grandmothers; they lived only 90 years ago.
granted the right to go to the polls and vote.
were jailed nonetheless for picketing the White House,
carrying signs asking for the vote.
blessing went on a rampage against the 33 women
wrongly convicted of 'obstructing sidewalk traffic.'
cell bars above her head and left her hanging for
the night, bleeding and gasping for air.
head against an iron bed and knocked her out cold.
Her cellmate, Alice Cosu, thought Lewis was dead
and suffered a heart attack.
dragging, beating, choking, slamming, pinching,
twisting and kicking the women.
Virginia ordered his guards to teach a lesson to the
suffragists imprisoned there because they dared to
picket Woodrow Wilson's White House for the right
a hunger strike, they tied her to a chair, forced
a tube down her throat and poured liquid into her
until she vomited. She was tortured like this for
weeks until word was smuggled out to the press.
year because--why, exactly? We have carpool duties?
We have to get to work? Our vote doesn't matter? It's raining?
of HBO's new movie 'Iron Jawed Angels.' It is a
graphic depiction of the battle these women waged so
that I could pull the curtain at the polling booth
and have my say. I am ashamed to say I needed
passion. But the actual act of voting had become
less personal for me, more rote.
than a privilege.
history, saw the HBO movie, too. When she stopped
by my desk to talk about it, she looked angry.
She was--with herself. 'One thought kept coming back
to me as I watched that movie,' she said.
or don't use,my right to vote? All of us take it for
granted now, not just younger women,
but those of us who did seek to learn.
' The right to vote, she said, had become valuable
to her 'all over again.'
I wish all history, social studies and government
teachers would include the movie in their curriculum
I want it shown on Bunco night, too, and anywhere
of socializing, but we are not voting in the numbers
that we should be, and I think a little shock therapy
is in order.
try to persuade a psychiatrist to declare Alice Paul
insane so that she could be permanently
institutionalized. And it is inspiring to watch the
doctor refuse. Alice Paul was strong, he said,
and brave. That didn't make her crazy.
is often mistaken for insanity.'
all the women you know.
was fought so hard for by these very courageous
women. Whether you vote democratic, republican or
independent party - remember to vote.