Fort Mill Times

Column: You go, girls!

August is an important month in history because in 1920, the 19th amendment passed, giving all citizens the right to vote in both state and federal elections.

According to the 2014 Voter Participation Center, there were 27.7 million unmarried women of voting age in 1978 and 56.8 million in 2014. In 1978, 39.2 percent of these women voted and in 2014 only 35.6 percent voted.

Elizabeth Cady Stanton helped organize the world’s first women’s rights convention in 1848. Her hard work helped bring about the passage of this important Constitutional amendment.

According to Pulitzer Prize-winning poet Phyllis McGinley, “We have not owned our freedom long enough to know exactly how it should be used.”

The presidential election will not be held until 2016, but it you have watched television lately, you know it’s already a circus – and it only just begun. Study the candidates, do your homework. Remember to vote in the local elections they are so important. If you have not registered to vote, do it now so you will have time to do some research.

Most of all, remember it takes time to grow into freedom. We have time yet.

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