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Thursday, September 07, 2006

Forward Into Light

“Mr. President, how long must women wait for liberty?” These were the last words of Inez Milholland, a leader in the women’s suffrage movement.

Unfortunately, little is taught about the history of this movement. Many people do not know about the 72 years that women fought in order to gain the right to vote.

Last night we watched Iron Jawed Angels. A tremendous movie that documented how these women were also labeled “appeasers” and “treasonous”. Isn’t that always the way it goes; those who speak truth to power are marginalized and labeled enemies of the state? As documented in this movie, they are also treated extremely badly by the very government that is supposed to support and protect them.

These women, led by Alice Paul and members of the National Women’s Party, were thrown in prison for petitioning their government. They refused to pay the fines for the trumped up charges of “blocking traffic” and were subjected to torturous force-feeding when they went on a hunger strike as political prisoners.

Alice Paul fought her entire life for women’s rights. She gave up so much and suffered so deeply for me. I must honor her sacrifice.

The fight is not over. The Equal Rights Amendment has still not been ratified. Although there are many organizations who have picked up the torch, few people in America understand what is at stake or pay attention to the backwards spiral that the women’s movement has been in.

That is not really the purpose of this post though. This morning I received an email from Emily’s List stating that this November many women will not be coming to the polls.

Let me repeat that, this November women will not vote.

After everything that these women went through – as well as the women before and after them – in fighting so that we could have the right to have a say in the laws that we must abide by…

They deserve the honor and recognition of our votes. At the very least, out of respect for all of them, women must turn out at the polls.


  • At 11:46 AM, September 07, 2006, Blogger Anjha said…

    PS. I think that movie should be a requirement in every school in the Country.

  • At 6:47 PM, September 07, 2006, Anonymous Seven of Six said…

    Yeah, me and the wife watched it about 6 months, thought it was great!

    I can't believe the backwards woman's movement in this country. Don't they understand that these neo-cons will keep them barefoot and in the kitchen, with a mistress on the side!

  • At 8:12 AM, September 08, 2006, Anonymous Seven of Six said…

    Once again Anjha your the first to bring this up. Pessimist missed it by a little! And I can comment on it here.

  • At 8:22 AM, September 08, 2006, Blogger Anjha said…

    Thanks SOS.

    I do not have any trolls (yet, or who post) but I also have very few posters at all.

    I know that people are coming - but apparently things are not interesting enough to say something about them.

    I am so pleased that you are participating.

    I keep seeing in my mind a picture of my 20 year old neice. I had asked her if she was registered to vote a few months ago.

    She is a smart girl. Going to college, working, beautiful...everything going for her - except the State of the Nation.

    She does not recognize that the State of the Nation has anything to do with her.

    Her response, "I'm not really into politics or anything like that."

    Holy fuck. You do not have to be "into politics" to get your ass to the polls.

    I did not come down very hard on her. I shared some of the danger that we face, but I did not come down on her personally for her lack of involvement.

    I also missed the opportunity to shame her about suffrage.

    Her birthday is coming. Maybe I will give her a copy of this movie.

  • At 11:24 AM, September 08, 2006, Blogger iamcoyote said…

    Hey, I'm a troll! Booga booga!

    You know, with the economy so bad, I can see some dumbass women trading freedom for the security of a man's paycheck. You just can't stop some people - especially, like my inlaws - they've built a whole fantasyland around girls being married instantly out of high school and preggie before their first anniversary. Their pedestals get lonely, for sure.

  • At 12:01 PM, September 08, 2006, Blogger Anjha said…

    Hmmm, Coyote, what was that saying?

    'Those who would trade temporary security for liberty deserve neither liberty nor security...'

    Sounds pretty damned close to what you said.

    I do not know if it is pure choice. Our economy has become so fucked that people are scraping by on two incomes. One income is nearly impossible and those who are blessed enough to have the ability to stay home with kids are just that...blessed.

    But not really.

    How blessed is it that you can be stuck in a loveless or abusive marraige and have no options to care for your family unless you stay? It is easy to turn this around and somehow say to ones self that this is a choice that they 'prefer'?

    I have a different theory though.

    And I still believe that if we had National Healthcare and people were not forced to stay together for insurance, the divorce rate would go up.

  • At 12:02 PM, September 08, 2006, Anonymous Seven of Six said…

    You know, with the economy so bad, I can see some dumbass women trading freedom for the security of a man's paycheck.

    You think that's bad: I over heard a conversation at McDonalds while I was getting my boy some fries and shake, the young girl working there, with all kinds of piercings in her ears asked, "Am I going to have take out my earings?". I piped in, "You sure will, and you'll have to cut your hair".
    Well, that got her attention. She turned around and asked, "Were you in the Army", "Yes", I replied. She then reeled off a series of about 20 questions at a super quick pace. To make a long story short she was told by the recruiter that she was going to get a $20,000 signing bonus. I told her it was a lie. Then I told her to get it in writing and ask if it was upon completetion of basic training or AIT? What job skill? Then she said (what I thought was the scary part), "I'll will be participating in weekend recruiting with my recruiter". I told in a fatherly tone, "Please, make sure it is kept professional and there is no funny business!"
    She said thanks for the helpful hints.
    Poor kid!

  • At 12:11 PM, September 08, 2006, Blogger Anjha said…

    I believe that women are trained and probably predisposed to sacrafice.

    We conform our bodies, our diets our self-care to babies growing in our wombs. We give up sleep and time and energy when we have infants.

    What mother would not give her children the last food and water above her own needs if the family were hungry?

    Women are the perfect [martyrs] for giving up whatever they need to give up for safety and security - especially for their families.

    Could this explain women who vote for the Pukes when they know it goes completely against self-interest? Because they have a loyalty to a fault or believe that they have to sacrafice?

    I believe that we need to educate women to understand what is best for their families and their futures through a lens of security through peace and prosperity instead of through the fear/terror model that is being spewed everywhere.

    I do believe that the women vote is imperative for this election. How do we get them to the polls and ensure that they understand what the implications of this election are?

  • At 12:14 PM, September 08, 2006, Blogger Anjha said…

    Crap SOS, that is really sad.

    I heard some numbers this morning about soldiers refusing to redeploy.

    My memory let me get as close as I can.

    I believe that it said that there were about 40 Thousand deserters in Canada. In addition about 40-50 Thousand Ntl Guard that refuse to go.

    Does this sound correct?

    Do you have a source for this info?

  • At 12:33 PM, September 08, 2006, Anonymous Seven of Six said…

    Those are the numbers I've been hearing for about 3 weeks now. It was posted in the Army Times paper, if I'm not mistaken.
    Lurch at Main and Central had the info a while back.

    The thing is this kid was real naive. Young, kind of (blonde) dumb. I don't want presuppose but she has no idea what she is getting into. I told her, "The Army will own you completely, you will have no life, your will...will be broken, if your miserable now, wait until your doing six months in the heat of Iraq with no A/C, you cannot ask for a time out, you cannot ask to go home, you cannot ask to leave, they own you! I think she was a bit stunned by the reality of what I was telling her.
    I told her, "Do not raise your hand for induction because once you do, that is it, there is no turning back!"

  • At 1:16 PM, September 08, 2006, Anonymous Seven of Six said…

  • At 1:25 PM, September 08, 2006, Blogger Anjha said…

    SOS, thank you. I will check it out. I need to go into the office now.

    I will check back later.

  • At 2:32 PM, September 08, 2006, Blogger OffTheFence said…

    Hey Anjha,

    Thanks for letting me know about "Iron Jawed Angel".

    Someday this week, M-TR, I saw that women in Pakistan will bear the burdon of proof in rape accusations or face a possible death sentence for adultery. This may be nothing terribly new but I believe it exemplifies the battles women across the world still must face. Many women in the US don't realize how tenuous are so many of the rights they currently take for granted.


    On another note-I suppose I'm somewhat of a failure. I can't stay away as I planned. You are a wealth of info. I've now modified my goals. I'm going to give up TV and simply limit lurking and posting. I have to give a weekly report on progress and # of words I've written so something else must to go.

    I think I'll allow movies for now.

  • At 6:39 PM, September 08, 2006, Blogger iamcoyote said…

    Hooray for you, OTF! But yes, you must have movies, still.

  • At 7:28 PM, September 09, 2006, Blogger OffTheFence said…


    I'm goofing off but being productive while doing it. I'm finally getting around to checking links. You make it hard for a girl to keep up.

    Anyhow, I did not know that ERA hasn't yet been ratified. I've reviewed the history link too. Found this:Anti-ERA organizers claimed that the ERA would deny woman’s right to be supported by her husband, privacy rights would be overturned, women would be sent into combat, and abortion rights and homosexual marriages would be upheld.

    Now which of the above do you think has people reluctant to radify the amendment?

    But when I read Section I I realized the problemEquality of rights under the law shall not be denied or abridged by the United States or by any state on account of sex.

    I was immediately reminded of similiar legislation that failed to pass in my state. My state has ratified ERA. However, a few mo. ago our governer refused to sign a bill protecting GLBT's from descrimination. His reason, current legislation already protects GLBT's from descrimination. Bull Shit! There is more recent news about this that has me fired up. I won't get into that now.

    I think I've mentioned before that my neighbor remembers when the 19th amendment passed. She was only 5 yrs. old but remembers the celebration. And now she's 91 years old but ERA still hasn't past. That's friggin' f'ed up. Okay-I gotta let it go tonight-but I won't forget.

  • At 10:33 AM, September 10, 2006, Blogger Anjha said…

    OTF - it is really amazing that people do not understand the backslide on women's rights. You are correct it is happening all over the world.

    I really believe that this Administration welcomes the loss of women's rights in the Arabic and Islamic world.

    I just read something about women in Saudi Arabia losing their rights to travel to Mecca.

    This has never been the case since the beginning of Islam.

    I believe that the Bu$hCo crew would love to see this happen in America. All women kept prisoners in their own homes.

    After watching Iron Jawed Angels I think that one of their tactics - standing in front of the WH with signs that quote the President and the contrary evidence to those quotes.


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