Hey, Women: VOTE.

On June 4, 1919 Congress passed the 19th amendment, giving women the right to vote. That alone should be enough to motivate all women to vote. The passage of the amendment was a symbolic representation of women’s authorization in society, and our ability to liberate ourselves from this discrimination. 

In the 2012 presidential election, women made up 53% of the electorate. This gives women the ability in the presidential election (in any election, really) to influence the outcome of a voting decision. 

In a system that allows for individuals to engage in democratic discourse through voting, it is important to use this indirect discourse to attempt to make changes. Allowing the election of those who would choose to put women’s rights on the backburner is a disservice to women.

As movement’s like the #repealthe19thamendment proliferate  in an attempt to discourage women from exercising their vote, it is important that women across the country take a stand against this violence by using their vote. It was a hard fought right and it cannot go wasted this election. Women must use their vote to advocate for the proximal social issues that affect them and also as a tool to make national social change.  Women have the ability to influence the choices of leaders, we must utilize it. 

Hailie Johnson-Waskow