Recently I received an E-Mail from a friend who gave me a short history lesson.


Recently I received an E-Mail from a friend who gave me a short history lesson.

Recently I received an E-Mail from a friend who gave me a short history lesson. It is hard to believe what happened to us just 90 years ago.

I think this is a good time to remind all women and their families how precious is the right to vote. Remember it was not until 1920 that women were granted the right to go to the poles and vote. On November 15, 1917 courageous women, Lucy Burns, Dora Lewis, Alice Coser, Alice Paul, Pauline Adams and twenty eight other women were beaten, dragged, choked, and kicked by the Occoquan Workhouse prison guards with the Warden's blessing for "obstructing sidewalk traffic". These women suffragist were imprisoned because they dared to picket Woodrow Wilson's White House for the right to vote. This was called the "Night of Terror" in Virginia.

So, lets think-some women won't vote this November because- why exactly? We have carpool duties? We have to get to work? Our vote doesn't matter? It's raining? Will the lines be long?

You may need to see the HBO movie "Iron Jawed Angels". It is a graphic depiction of the battle these women waged so that you and I can pull the curtain at the polling booth and vote. I am ashamed to say i needed this reminder to exercise this privilege. What would those courageous women think of the way I use or don't use my right to vote?

Courage in women is often mistaken for insanity. Take the challenge-Vote!

Thank you.

Betty S. Bourque
Gonzales