The suffragettes fought long and hard for the right to vote; women shouldn't take that right for granted.

This year’s presidential race has been one for the record books. The two most popular American political parties had women running for the presidency and the vice presidency.

Our young daughter’s wish of “I want to be president someday” is now plausible. People are less likely to dismiss this dream as incomprehensible, as many have done in decades past. Yes dear, you CAN reach every goal to which you aspire.

Aug. 26, 1920, is a date famous in women’s herstory. This is the date that the 19th Amendment to the Constitution of the United States became law, allowing women to vote. Many women fought to ensure that females would be able to cast their ballots. They must have thought we would continue to appreciate their efforts, never to take that right for granted.

All women able to vote should get out and vote for the candidates of their choice.

Why do elections fall short of 100 percent turnout? Is getting to the polls an inconvenience? Can’t find a close parking spot? Not sure if you are registered to vote? Too busy with kids and errands? No time to dye your hair and wouldn’t want to be seen with all those grays? I have really heard these excuses as well as the cop-out of thinking one’s vote doesn’t count.

Everyone’s vote counts … or else they wouldn’t be counted, literally.

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, “65 percent of women reported voting in the 2004 presidential election, compared with 62 percent of men.”

We have come a long way, ladies, and should continue to make strides in increasing female voter turnout.

As far as the gray hairs go … throw on your voting hat and go!

 
Dianne McDonald is a working mother who lives in Marshfield, Mass., with her husband and five kids, and is a contributor to The Patriot Ledger.