Here’s the text for this week’s letter we are planning to send to the editor.
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Dear Friends and Neighbors,
This year we celebrate an historic moment for women, the passage of the 19th Amendment of the U.S. Constitution by the House of Representatives in 1918, which states, “The right of citizens of the United States to vote shall not be denied or abridged by the United States or by any State on account of sex.”
Yes, we are celebrating 100 years of the right for women to vote! And a very important reason to vote in the upcoming election on November 6th this year.
“In 1848, in Seneca Falls, NY, five women gathered frustrated by the inequalities they faced as women. They decided to call for a Woman’s Rights Convention to discuss the social, civil and religious condition and rights of woman.” They issued the Declaration of Sentiments signed by 68 women and 32 men. Among other things, it called for the right of women to vote . It took 72 long years and numerous acts of courage for voting to come to fruition for these women.
Women should march in unison to their voting booths to show their appreciation for the efforts of these women. Many of Long Island’s women joined back then in the effort to change their lives. Elizabeth Oakes Smith of Patchogue, spoke out, “Let women learn to take a woman’s view of things. Let her not say, what does my husband, my brother, my father think, wise and good and trustworthy though they be ~ but let her evolve her own thought, recognize her own needs, and judge of her own acts by the best lights of her own mind.”
Judge what is important to YOU, YOUR family, friends, and neighbors and VOTE!