As today marks the 89th anniversary of the passage of the 19th amendment, I thought I would recount a trip that I got to take with Madame 45 to New York earlier this summer. Meg "the Enforcer" Stapleton is originally from Auburn, NY, the same town that William Seward, the purchaser of Alaska, is from. We made a trip to Auburn to celebrate Alaska's big 5-0. Prior to that event, we had the chance to visit Seneca Falls, where a lot of the early events of the Women's Rights movement occurred. Unfortunately, I didn't get to see all of these amazing sites. Although I'm portable, I'm not very mobile. One of the women from the area that Madame visited was Susan B. Anthony, of whom Madame is a very big fan. In Susan's day, she didn't have a great sidekick, such as yours truly. (As a side note, I'm sorry; I need to work on my humility. I don't have a servant's heart like Madame. In fact, I have no heart at all. I'm just metal and plastic. It makes it very hard!) Susan got out her message by writing letters and giving speeches, and she really made an impact. I went surfing again and found some of Susan's quotes that remind me a lot of what Madame has to say:
"Cautious, careful people, always casting about to preserve their reputation and social standing, never can bring about a reform. Those who are really in earnest must be willing to be anything or nothing in the world's estimation, and publicly and privately, in season and out, avow their sympathy with despised and persecuted ideas and their advocates, and bear the consequences."
-Susan B. Anthony
"I’m not a member of the permanent political establishment. And I’ve learned quickly, these past few days, that if you’re not a member in good standing of the Washington elite, then some in the media consider a candidate unqualified for that reason alone.But here’s a little news flash for all those reporters and commentators: I’m not going to Washington to seek their good opinion — I’m going to Washington to serve the people of this country. Americans expect us to go to Washington for the right reasons, and not just to mingle with the right people."
"Sweeter even than to have had the joy of caring for children of my own has it been to me to help bring about a better state of things for mothers generally, so their unborn little ones could not be willed away from them."
-Susan B. Anthony
"I'm pro-life. I'll do all I can to see every baby is created with a future and potential. The legislature should do all it can to protect human life. "
Unfortunately, Susan didn't get to see women's suffrage passed in her lifetime. I know, though, that Madame feels very blessed by all the work that she did. Susan's work not only paved the way for women to vote, but paved the way for women in the working world, the athletic arena, and politics. Sarah spoke about to these rights on the campaign trail:
Credit to Seth Adam Smith at C4P for creating this video.
I think that Susan would be proud to see what has transpired due to her work, and Sarah is very thankful for Susan's work in giving women the opportunity to vote.
Now, who's ready for the 28th amendment? I want to vote too!