Saturday, October 22, 2016

"Nasty" Women Vote!


Four years ago I re-posted the following commentary found elsewhere. The events described below happened 100 years ago, but it’s still an important reminder of why it’s important to vote, especially for women. Especially this election, when we have a better than excellent chance of electing a woman to the presidency - a competent, educated, and experienced woman.

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It was not until 1920 that women were granted the right to go to the polls and vote.

Lucy Burns
The women who fought for this right were innocent and defenseless, but they were jailed nonetheless for picketing the White House, carrying signs asking for the vote. And by the end of the night, they were barely alive.

Forty prison guards wielding clubs and with their warden's blessing went on a rampage against the 33 women wrongly convicted of 'obstructing sidewalk traffic.'

They beat Lucy Burns, chained her hands to the cell bars above her head and left her hanging for the night, bleeding and gasping for air.
Dora Lewis

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.

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.

Alice Paul being arrested
For weeks, the women's only water came from an open pail.

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.

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In 2012 Rev. Jesse Lee Peterson, a tea party activist, said this: "I think that one of the greatest mistakes America made was to allow women the opportunity to vote. We should've never turned this over to women. And these women are voting in the wrong people. They’re voting in people who are evil who agrees with them who’re gonna take us down this pathway of destruction."

The Rev. Peterson is African-American and has obviously forgotten his roots and how people fought and died for HIS right to vote.

As I said in 2012, no matter what your political leanings, if you are a woman and you do not vote on November 8th, SHAME ON YOU!

1 comment:

Jeanne Standley said...

I got my "Nasty Women Vote" t-shirt last night! --Jeanne S.