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Over heard a family friend’s 14 year old daughter say “If I was an adult I would not vote, what difference does it make?” ⠀⠀
I was shook because does she understand her privilege as a woman to vote? ⠀⠀
In 1872, Susan B. Anthony cast her ballot in the presidential election, at a time when women were prohibited from doing so. Fifty years after she was arrested for illegally voting, women finally secured the right to vote. While voting is now a woman’s right, we should also consider it a call to action. ⠀⠀
Elections decide the core issues that we live with on a daily basis: reproductive rights, equal pay, children’s education, discrimination laws and so much more. Women deserve a seat at the table.
Although the women who fought for our right to vote might never have imagined a woman being president (honestly, they probably never imagined Africa to have its first female president in 2018, either ) they laid the groundwork for women to have a say in elections. ⠀⠀
Women fought for the right to vote; this is not just a right, it is a privilege and it is a civic responsibility that we have to honor the women who came before us in order to help protect the lives of the women who will come after us. And later the leaders who fought for black people to have a right to vote, it’s a double privilege for me! ⠀⠀
Guys don’t poison our kids about your negativity towards voting. ———————————————————————— #Elections2019 #SaElections2019 #Vote #Women #Leaders #Leadership #WomenLeaders #Serena #SerenaWilliams #Feminist #HelenSuzman #WinnieMandela #SahleWorkZewde #IEC @iecsouthafrica