Sunday, August 26, 2012

Hold On To Women's Equality

Today is Women's Equality Day.  92 years ago, on this day, the 19th amendment was signed into law, giving women the right to vote.

We barely made it.  Tennessee was the last state to ratify the 19th amendment and it passed by one vote only - that of Harry Burns, a man who had intended to vote against suffrage until receiving a letter from his mother instructing him that he had better vote in favor of the ladies.

The time has come for women to get their sons back in hand, mamas.   

Our rights are in very grave danger from the crop of conservatives currently causing such a ruckus in the GOP.  Their wealth makes them hard to beat, but beat them we must. 

We have worked hard over the centuries to gain the legal right to vote, to be educated equally, to be allowed equality in the workplace even though we have (gasp!) babies and we sometimes need to (gasp!) nurse the babies. We have worked hard to be able to decide when and with whom we have those babies.

The Republican Party seems to want to take many of those rights away.  I don't know about other states, but the Texas Republican Party doesn't even try to hide it - they lay their agenda out clearly in their party platform for all to see.  

I do not want my daughters to face a future without contraception, without FMLA, without Title IX.  I do not want them to be treated as second-class citizens, walking wombs who do not really count as people.  The Republicans have to be stopped.

Vote for Obama for President if you love your daughters, or any woman anywhere in this country.  He's not perfect but he won't pass any laws that limit the future his own daughters will have, so he won't pass laws that will limit your daughters, either.  When you have finished that, vote every Republican out of Congress.  If they stand for the Republican Party Platform, they do not stand for women.  Hand out fliers, make phone calls, stand on street corners with signs....if we don't want them to win, we have to act.

The Republicans  can come back to office when they learn how to behave and how to share.  Until then, it's Time-Out!!!

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