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(image courtesy of Wikipedia)

Apologies for being totally off-topic today, but this is an issue that, like art forgeries, is very near and dear to my heart.

I have always hoped that every American who can vote, will, not just in this election, but in every election, because the right to vote is not something to be apathetic about. I know that the system is very large and cumbersome, and it is tempting to not even try to have your voice heard when it never feels like speaking out will make a difference. Many people will vote, but will only vote as they believe they are expected to by their family or peers, or worse, will merely choose a candidate on the basis on such horrible political conundrums as “the devil you know” and “lesser of two evils.”

But our right to vote is something we should embrace and cherish, and exercise at every opportunity.  This is especially true for women in this country.  Why?  Because we were only granted the right the vote less than a century ago.  It was not until 1920, when government was forced to recognize the enormous contribution of women to the labor force during World War, that women were granted the 19th Amendment.  Prior to that, women were imprisoned and even force fed through their hunger strikes if they dared to picket the White House and demand the right to influence and change government.

In the end, I don’t really care who you vote for, as long as you vote intelligently and with conviction.  And spare a thought for Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Susan B. Anthony, who fought for women’s suffrage and never lived to see it.