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HISTORY OF WOMEN'S SUFFRAGE IN THE U.S.

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« on: May 08, 2008, 01:07:26 pm »



LUCY BURN








                                                  WHY WOMEN SHOULD VOTE






This is the story of our grandmothers, and great-grandmothers, as they lived
only 90 years ago. It was not until 1920 that women were granted the right to go
to the polls and vote.

The women were innocent and defenseless. And by the end of the night, they were
barely alive. Forty prison guards wielding clubs and their warden's blessing
went on a rampage against the 33 women wrongly c! onvicte d of "obstructing
sidewalk traffic."

They beat Lucy Burn, chained her hands to the cell bars above her head and left
her hanging for the night, bleeding and gasping for air. They hurled Dora Lewis
into a dark cell, smashed her head against an iron bed and knocked her out cold.
Her cellmate, Alice Cosu, thought Lewis was dead and suffered a heart attack.
Additional affidavits describe the guards grabbing, dragging, beating, choking,
slamming, pinching, twisting and kicking the women.

Thus unfolded the "Night of Terror" on Nov. 15, 1917, when the warden at the
Occoquan Workhouse in Virginia ordered his guards to teach a lesson to the
suffragists imprisoned there because they dared to picket Woodrow Wilson's White
House for the right to vote.

For weeks, the women's only water came from an open pail. Their food--all of it
colorless slop--was infested with worms. When one of the leaders, Alice Paul,
embarked on a! hunger strike, they tied her to a chair, forced a tube down her
throat and poured liquid into her until she vomited. She was tortured like this
for weeks until word was smuggled out to the press.



So, refresh my memory. Some women won't vote this year because--why, exactly?

We have carpool duties? We have to get to work? Our vote doesn't matter?

It's raining?



Last week, I went to a sparsely attended screening of HBO's new movie "Iron
Jawed Angels." It is a graphic depiction of the battle these women waged so that
I could pull the curtain at the polling booth and have my say. I am ashamed to
say I needed the reminder.

All these years later, voter registration is still my passion. But the actual
act of voting had become less personal for me, more rote. Frankly, voting often
felt more like an obligation than a privilege. Sometimes it was inconvenient.

My friend Wendy, who is my age and studied women's history, saw the! HBO movie,
too. When she stopped by my desk to talk about it, she looked angry. She
was--with herself. "One thought kept coming back to me as I watched that movie,"
she said. "What would those women think of the way I use--or don't use--my right
to vote? All of us take it for granted now, not just younger women, but those of
us who did seek to learn." The right to vote, she said, had become valuable to
her "all over again."

HBO released the movie on video and DVD. I wish all history, social studies and
government teachers would include the movie in their curriculum. I want it shown
on Bunco night, too, and anywhere else women gather. I realize this isn't our
usual idea of socializing, but we are not voting in the numbers that we should
be, and I think a little shock therapy is in order.

It is jarring to watch Woodrow Wilson and his cronies try to persuade a
psychiatrist to declare Alice Paul insane so that she could be permanently
institutionalized. And it is inspiring to watch the doctor refuse. Alice Paul
was strong, he said, and brave. That didn't make her crazy.

The doctor admonished the men:


                                  "Courage in women is often mistaken for insanity."





Please, if you are so inclined, pass this on to all the women you know.

We need to get out and vote and use this right that was fought so hard for by
these very courageous women. Whether you vote democratic, republican or
independent party - remember to vote.



History is being made.



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« Reply #1 on: May 08, 2008, 01:28:12 pm »



LUCY BURN








                                                  WHY WOMEN SHOULD VOTE






This is the story of our grandmothers, and great-grandmothers, as they lived
only 90 years ago. It was not until 1920 that women were granted the right to go
to the polls and vote.

The women were innocent and defenseless. And by the end of the night, they were
barely alive. Forty prison guards wielding clubs and their warden's blessing
went on a rampage against the 33 women wrongly convicted of "obstructing
sidewalk traffic."

They beat Lucy Burn, chained her hands to the cell bars above her head and left
her hanging for the night, bleeding and gasping for air. They hurled Dora Lewis
into a dark cell, smashed her head against an iron bed and knocked her out cold.
Her cellmate, Alice Cosu, thought Lewis was dead and suffered a heart attack.
Additional affidavits describe the guards grabbing, dragging, beating, choking,
slamming, pinching, twisting and kicking the women.

Thus unfolded the "Night of Terror" on Nov. 15, 1917, when the warden at the
Occoquan Workhouse in Virginia ordered his guards to teach a lesson to the
suffragists imprisoned there because they dared to picket Woodrow Wilson's White
House for the right to vote.

For weeks, the women's only water came from an open pail. Their food--all of it
colorless slop--was infested with worms. When one of the leaders, Alice Paul,
embarked on a! hunger strike, they tied her to a chair, forced a tube down her
throat and poured liquid into her until she vomited. She was tortured like this
for weeks until word was smuggled out to the press.



So, refresh my memory. Some women won't vote this year because--why, exactly?

We have carpool duties? We have to get to work? Our vote doesn't matter?

It's raining?

Women vote, they would rather vote on American Idol contestants than political figures.


Last week, I went to a sparsely attended screening of HBO's new movie "Iron
Jawed Angels." It is a graphic depiction of the battle these women waged so that
I could pull the curtain at the polling booth and have my say. I am ashamed to
say I needed the reminder.

All these years later, voter registration is still my passion. But the actual
act of voting had become less personal for me, more rote. Frankly, voting often
felt more like an obligation than a privilege. Sometimes it was inconvenient.

My friend Wendy, who is my age and studied women's history, saw the! HBO movie,
too. When she stopped by my desk to talk about it, she looked angry. She
was--with herself. "One thought kept coming back to me as I watched that movie,"
she said. "What would those women think of the way I use--or don't use--my right
to vote? All of us take it for granted now, not just younger women, but those of
us who did seek to learn." The right to vote, she said, had become valuable to
her "all over again."

HBO released the movie on video and DVD. I wish all history, social studies and
government teachers would include the movie in their curriculum. I want it shown
on Bunco night, too, and anywhere else women gather. I realize this isn't our
usual idea of socializing, but we are not voting in the numbers that we should
be, and I think a little shock therapy is in order.

It is jarring to watch Woodrow Wilson and his cronies try to persuade a
psychiatrist to declare Alice Paul insane so that she could be permanently
institutionalized. And it is inspiring to watch the doctor refuse. Alice Paul
was strong, he said, and brave. That didn't make her crazy.

The doctor admonished the men:


                                  "Courage in women is often mistaken for insanity."





Please, if you are so inclined, pass this on to all the women you know.

We need to get out and vote and use this right that was fought so hard for by
these very courageous women. Whether you vote democratic, republican or
independent party - remember to vote.

In politics as well as on American Idol ladies.

History is being made.



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I'm for women voting what scares me and other men is their minimal understanding of critical issues.  An ignorant woman voter is more dangerous than the woman who doesn't vote.
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« Reply #2 on: May 08, 2008, 07:21:30 pm »







Volitzer:

"I'm for women voting what scares me and other men is their minimal understanding of critical issues.  An ignorant woman voter is more dangerous than the woman who doesn't vote."



Bianca:

I'm for men voting.  What scares me and other women is their minimal understanding of critical issues.  An ignorant man voter is more dangerous than the man who doesn't vote.

You'd be surprised how many of them are out there, Vol. 

You just close your ears and eyes to it, my friend, don't you?.........
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« Reply #3 on: May 08, 2008, 10:45:21 pm »






You know, Vol, I have just about had it with your CONSTANT put down of women!!!



You despise what you fear,

the way only a certain type of weak man can fear a stronger man/woman...........



P A T H E T I C ! ! !
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« Reply #4 on: May 09, 2008, 11:53:35 am »

Volitzer doesn't have a clue as to what he is talking about, Bianca.  It's clear that the only understanding he has of women is through stereotypes. 

Male voters are the ones that gave Bush his elections in 2000 and 2004.  They vote on behalf of guns, God and gays - all things that the President has little effect on.  More often than not, they vote against their own economic best interests. So, since their judgment clearly gave us someone so unqualified to be President, it is clear that they are the ones with a minimal understanding of the issues.

Do they care about health care?  Stem cell research?  War?  The envirnonment?

Nope, it's just guns, God and gays.

Ignorant f****g male voters, who always give us someone who doesn't give a damn about them and will work against their economic interests.
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« Reply #5 on: May 09, 2008, 11:54:53 am »

I hope that every woman here reads this, as women in their twenties was the least inclined to go to the polls in the last two elections!

Unless you make your voices heard, politicians are not going to care about you.
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« Reply #6 on: May 09, 2008, 12:48:05 pm »

Volitzer doesn't have a clue as to what he is talking about, Bianca.  It's clear that the only understanding he has of women is through stereotypes. 

Male voters are the ones that gave Bush his elections in 2000 and 2004.  They vote on behalf of guns, God and gays - all things that the President has little effect on.  More often than not, they vote against their own economic best interests. So, since their judgment clearly gave us someone so unqualified to be President, it is clear that they are the ones with a minimal understanding of the issues.

Do they care about health care?  Stem cell research?  War?  The environment?

Nope, it's just guns, God and gays.

Ignorant f****g male voters, who always give us someone who doesn't give a damn about them and will work against their economic interests.

I'm against the war and I'm pro-stem cell research.  Health-care is a personal responsibility no government entity will solve all the healthcare woes.

In 2004 if you voted for Kerry or Bush it was still a vote for a Globalist NWO Skull and Bones type.
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« Reply #7 on: May 09, 2008, 12:59:59 pm »


You know, Vol, I have just about had it with your CONSTANT put down of women!!!

You despise what you fear,

the way only a certain type of weak man can fear a stronger man/woman...........

P A T H E T I C ! ! !

 Shocked  Whoa hold on...

You ladies act like I'm insulting you.    Huh Huh Huh

I'm not.    Embarrassed Embarrassed Embarrassed

An ignorant male voter is just as dangerous as well.

What kills me is my job down here how women will gush over voting on American Idol but when a customer complains about inflation and I write down films to see on the "whys" and then I get a bunch of  Roll Eyes Roll Eyes Roll Eyes from most the women on my job who are working 2 jobs apiece to meet their life's expenses.

Of course many of them are still in their 20s where the parietal-lobes are still underdeveloped so it is forgivable.

Still, it is their future that is on the line as much as mine is and yet the cluelessness stuns me.
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« Reply #8 on: May 09, 2008, 03:34:00 pm »









Vol,

It isn't just here, on this thread.  Ever since I've known you, you take whatever chance
you can to BASH women.

It is very plain that this is a CHRONIC state of mind with you. 

You wouldn't even allow US to have this thread without you BISMIRCHING it.  You are
acting like a true TROLL......

Some of us hold the women who went before us as true HEROINES  and are not taking your
insults very kindly.  As a matter of fact, I have long been contemplating a thread on the
"History of Women's Suffrage in the United States", which occurred  after many long years
after other civilized countries', including my place of birth.

I find myself hesitant to do so after your SULLYING of this thread. 



YOUR REPEATED CALLOUSNESS IS A SURE SIGN THAT YOU HAVE A DEEP-SEATED PROBLEM


Did you feel this way about your own mother too?  Sister(s)?

Are all the MEN  you knew, know towering mental giants?  INCLUDING YOURSELF?

You are too PATHETIC for words........You are simply a



                                         M A L E   C H A U V I N I S T    P I G



NOW, GET LOST !!!

 


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« Reply #9 on: May 10, 2008, 08:16:33 am »



Under Arrest

Suffrage banner bearers being arrested during protests outside the White House.

(Photo by Topical Press Agency/Getty Images)

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« Reply #10 on: May 10, 2008, 08:20:37 am »



SUFFRAGETTES BEING ARRESTED







During their 7-month prison term at the Occoquan Workhouse in Virginia, conditions were deplorable. One woman in jail at the time, described one horrific night in 1917, which was later called the Night of Terror.


“.. as many as forty guards with clubs went on a rampage, brutalizing thirty-three jailed suffragists. They beat Lucy Burns, chained her hands to the cell bars above her head, and left her there for the night. They hurled Dora Lewis into a dark cell, smashed her head against an iron bed, and knocked her out cold… According to affidavits, other women were grabbed, dragged, beaten, choked, slammed, pinched, twisted, and kicked.”


http://www.thedctraveler.com/womens-fight-for-the-vote/
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« Reply #11 on: May 10, 2008, 08:27:35 am »









                                                   The 19th Amendment





Section 1. 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.

Section 2. The Congress shall have power to enforce this article by appropriate legislation.

 For some in-depth history of the Woman’s movement and the history of suffrage, the Sewall-Belmont House and Museum, just a block from Capitol Hill, explores the evolution of women’s pursuit for equality and the struggle for the right to vote.

The Sewall-Belmont House was the home of Alice Paul, the founder of the National Woman’s Party and the Congressional Union for Women Suffragette.

The museum houses one of the most robust collections on the suffrage and equal rights movements in America, including period artifacts, photos, artwork of women involved in the movement, and Susan B. Anthony’s desk where she drafted the 19th Amendment.

Sewall-Belmont House and Museum
144 Constitution Avenue, NE (one block NE of the Capitol)
Washington, DC 20002-5608 (map it)
202-546-1210
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« Reply #12 on: May 11, 2008, 04:05:18 am »

I am in total agreement with you, Bianca, when it comes to Volitzer's attitudes about women!  I will now separate any denigrating comments he might make from this topic and stick them all in a separate topic.  This one will be devoted purely to research.

Hey, if it's any consolation, he used to be even worse!

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« Reply #13 on: May 11, 2008, 10:22:25 am »







Thank you, Brooke!

To my knowledge, only in the USA and England (of the so-called 'civilized' world), women had such a horrific experience in struggling to 'get the vote'......

Strange, there was no such experience in Italy, in spite of the still-existant prevalence of a patriarchal
society and the fact that the Vatican is smack in the middle of our nation!!!  No muss, no fuss, Benito
Mussolini gave the women the vote, and that was that. 

I NEVER heard any man, including my 'ultra tyrant' father make any comment about it!

I have a grandaughter and two great-grandaughters who are American-born and, believe me, one is
and the others WILL  be aware of their heritage.......
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« Reply #14 on: May 11, 2008, 03:23:57 pm »

Bianca, women never had any such experience in Iraq either!  Did you know that women were working and liberated in Iraq years before we were in the U.S.?  It has only been since the U.S. occupation that things began to get worse. 
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