Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Women's History

An important history lesson as we approach Election Day, via my college roommate, HL. 

Women were not granted the right to vote until 1920.  That is a mere 90 years ago.  The women who led the movement suffered incredible abuse and hardship as they pushed for a right they so believed in.   They were beaten and jailed, forced to eat food infested with worms, but eventually were granted the priveldge to vote.  Don't let their suffering be in vein.   Regardless of your political affiliations, respect the women who came before us and fought tirelessly to give us a fundamental right that many of us take for granted today.
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.
They hurled Dora Lewis into a dark cell, smashed her head against an iron bed and knocked her out cold. Her cell mate, 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.

The rain, the busy day at work, the errands are just not a good enough explanation....