Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Politics . . .

I don't often engage in political discussion here on my blog.  I don't, because I have found that many people are not able to have an adult conversation about politics when they hold opposing views. 

But today, I'm talking about Politics. 

I know that some of my friends and readers do not share my convictions, but if you are a woman, you need to think long and hard about what you might be taking for granted before you vote on November 6th.

And you need to read this She The People column from The Washington Post.

And then you need to enjoy one of Leslie Gore's songs.  And watch all of it. 

It's three minutes of your life. 

It might change your life.

Ms. Gore is right - women are still fighting for the same things now that they were fighting for in 1964 . . . that's not OK. 

This is a photograph of my mom:


My mom fought for women's rights.  She believed that women's voices should be heard.  She taught me that - she taught every member (both female and male) of my extended family that.

She wasn't some woman in a binder. 

She fought every day as single mom with a small child. 

She fought every day in a "man's" world, competing and winning - and getting paid less than her male counterparts.

She fought for the Equal Rights Amendment.  She was a member of the National Organization for Women.  She was always politically active.  And whatever her friends' political beliefs, she inspired them.  Just as she inspired the members of her family.

I don't care if you don't agree with me - this is America, where - so far - you still have the right to disagree.  But if you are a woman, please know that much of what you might be taking for granted in your everyday life could be ripped away from you.  Contraception and health insurance and economic parity are things that I believe every woman should have access to.  There are other major issues in this election - but for any woman, I think the first piece has to be her right to control her own body. 

Again, no matter what your political beliefs, this is your opportunity to make your voice heard.


p.s.  Please, do your best to be excellent to each other in the comments should you leave any.


Michelle said...

If you haven't already read it, here is another blog post that makes some excellent points on this subject:

Linda said...

Very well written! Women are still struggling to keep our basic rights of "life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness."

Tammy said...

If indeed women were going to lose some of the "rights" you've listed, I think it would have been much more likely under some past administrations (Reagan, Bush, Bush), and it just didn't happen. As a woman, I don't need a special amendment to tell me I have rights; I'm covered under the 14th Amendment (and the best argument is summed up in this video):

Laurie in Maine said...

As the mom of 2 daughters: AMEN!
(And I'll be so happy when the nasty negative political ads are silent. Every season we think "it's the worst ever"... this year it really is here in Maine!)

candy said...

Thank you for posting this.