The 19th Amendment is the most meaningful amendment to me. I am always taken aback by how such a short time ago this amendment was passed.
When I turned 18, I started paying attention to politics because I was finally eligible to vote. I made up my mind that I would be a voter when I was sitting in my U.S. History class in 11th grade. I was learning about Abraham Lincoln freeing the slaves, and I wanted to be a part of something that allowed citizens to elect great presidents like Lincoln.
One startling thing that I saw on Oprah during the 2004 elections was that a lot of women still aren’t too fond of voting and politics. That’s okay, but it was hurtful in a sense. Just knowing what women like Susan B. Anthony went through to help us acquire these rights makes it hard for me as an American woman to pass up the opportunity to vote. I just couldn’t understand why a woman wouldn’t want to vote.
The mentality of, “It’s only one vote. It won’t count” is why many of us pass up our voting opportunities. We never consider the power that voting has. Every vote counts-and thanks to the 19th Amendment-a woman’s vote counts, as well.
The women in my family are not into politics, yet they vote time to time. None of them are regular voters. They all say that they’re too busy to vote, and none of the candidates speak to their interest. They keep forgetting that the candidates are not just running for them as an individual, but they are running to preside over the whole entire country. It’s important that we think about that before we vote.
My grandmother never voted, and she was never interested. She is one of the main influences for why I care so much about my rights as a woman. She never ceased very many opportunities in her lifetime, and I always told myself that I wanted to do more in my life than she did. I’m glad I grew up in a day and age that allows me to have life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.
I believe that passing this amendment really gave women hope for this country. Women have continued to grow and be a part of many avenues that weren’t initially meant for us. Amendments like this opened the doors for all the wonderful things women are accomplishing today in this country.
I think all of our Amendments need to be celebrated and focused on more than they are. We sometimes take our rights for granted, so it’s good to reflect on all the things our founding fathers (and founding mothers!) have done for us. They have paved a way for us to live happily, freely, and equally-and that’s something you can only have in America.
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