What an exciting time to be alive – today is the first time I have voted in a Primary. For the first time, I feel strongly enough to care about who sits on the final ticket. Every election day, especially as I get older, I think of the images in the news depicting how hard other people in the world have to work to vote.
Aghanistan, where women don’t have the right to show their face in public, but line up to exercise their right to vote.
In Mauritania, where women queue in separate lines than men.
And yet, less than a hundred years ago, our foremothers had to work just as hard to get us the vote.
Today, I am grateful for the US suffragists, who spent more than 80 years fighting for women’s right to vote. I am especially grateful to be from Wisconsin, the first state to ratify the 19th amendment in 1919.