The ERA: Equal Rights Amendment to the US Constitution First introduced by Alice Paul in 1923 after women were given the right to vote in the US Constitution in 1920. It needs three more state to ratify it before will be included fully recognized in our Constitution.
Women were granted the right to vote 95 years ago. We are still waiting for passage of the Equal Right Amendment that was first introduced in 1923. Meanwhile here’s some info on the positive impact of what the 19th Amendment did for women, particularly women of color.
I’ve been voting since 1972, and my political party considers me a “supervoter.” I am very offended by women of color who “do not vote”, because too many people died for our right to vote….men, women, and children……of all races. To be a non-voter is to DISHONOR their memories.
I hear your frustration. We all wish that everyone in the United States exercised their right to vote. Unfortunately that isn’t happening. According to the Washington Post, just 36.4% of the voting-eligible public showed up to vote in the November 2014 general election.
However I disagree with your apparant premise for non-voting. It seems that you are stating that women of color voluntarily don’t vote. According to the Brennen Center for Justice, women don’t vote for many reasons, just as do men. However, for women, the burdens placed on them by voting restrictions, lower wages from jobs without paid leave, and childcare/eldercare often complicate their ability to vote. Here’s what the Brennen Center said on this issue on August 26, 2015:
Towards the end of this article, author Nelson Castano focuses on lack of early voting that disproportionately affects women of color:
Having jobs that don’t allow you to take off of work to vote combined with lack of transportation and/or childcare makes it even harder for low income women to vote. In some cases, when choosing between standing in line to vote and fearing the loss of your job, that “choice” is easy.
As such, I still believe that the bottom line of this blog still holds:
Thus, being a non-voter, IMHO, does not “dishonor” our foremothers’ and forefathers’ efforts.
I do believe we can agree that the lack of voter turnout is frustrating, but I guess we’ll have to agree to disagree with each other on why and whom to blame.