One Person Making a Difference

The other day I was having a conversation with Elizabeth Anne, the topic turned to voting, as I steered it there. I told her I fully expected her to vote in the upcoming presidential election. She said, “mom, one person can’t make a difference” I said oh yes they can, a whole lot of one person voting can make a difference. I heard a sigh, felt the eye roll, along with the placating words of yes mom, ok mom, just to get me to shut up.
I want to tell everyone that one person can make a difference, shall we start with Elizabeth Cady Stanton, her Declaration of Sentiments, which she presented at the first women’s rights convention held in 1848, is said to be the instrument used to initiate the first organized woman’s rights and woman’s suffrage movements in the United States. One person making a difference so women in this country could vote, a right not afforded to them. Women at that time were thought of as property, first of their father’s and then of their husbands. They could be raped, beaten, discarded and even killed by the men in their lives and nothing was done about it.
Women like Elizabeth Cady Stanton changed that, gave women voices, they could vote, they could keep their children when divorcing an abusive husband. It all changed because one woman stood up and said enough.
In this country I believe that women especially should vote, due to the fact that reason we can vote is because women endured imprisonment, beatings and some even died so we could go to a voting booth and make our voices heard.
I will be at that voting booth on Tuesday, November 6, 2012, I will make my voice heard, my choice known and I will remember why I have this right in the first place. One woman making a difference.

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