It wasn’t really all that long ago when the women’s suffrage movement took place. In fact, 100 years ago, women finally received their legal right to vote. This is a battle that took activists and reformers nearly 100 years in itself to win, and it wasn’t easy. 
By now, you probably know the basic history of the women’s suffrage movement, but what all happened to get to where we are today? We’re diving into a short version of the history of voting for women and why it is so important for you to use your rights to make a change.  

Women’s Rights Movement Begins
The campaign for women’s suffrage began in the decades before the Civil War. During the 1820s and 30s, many reform groups started popping up, in which women played a prominent role. It’s also good to note here that the idea of true “Womanhood” began to break down as women started revolting against the norm. This was the idea that only “true” women were a submissive wife and mother whose only concern was the home and family.

2020 Elections
With fewer than 80 days until Election Day, it’s important to make sure all of our friends, family members, and colleagues are aware of how they can do their part in voting. There are a lot of changes happening due to the COVID-19 pandemic, so staying up to date with elections is important. Research, research, research...whether it is through Google searches or social media hashtags, there are so many resources out there to help better explain the voting climate.

Why Women Should Vote
Aside from the very obvious reason being that most of our ancestors fought for us to have this right, there are a few others we want to shed light on. Why women should vote:
- Because laws affect women as much as men.
- Because there are men who are making laws that affect women that are being passed without consulting them.
- Because over 8 million women in the U.S. are wage workers, and the conditions under which they work are controlled by law.
- Because women have experience which would be helpful to legislation.
- Because biologically women are built differently from men, which can bring a new perspective on lawmaking. 
- Because change can happen in numbers, and women have the power to make that change.
- Because laws regarding children should include the women’s point of view.
- Because many intelligent, hard-working women desire legislative positions.
- Because it is for the common good of all.

That being said, making sure you’re registered to vote is the first step. Fret not, we found the perfect article by Marie Claire that details Voter Registration Deadlines state-by-state. Take a look and find out what it looks like in your state so you don’t miss out. Even though this list is strictly for the U.S., we encourage women everywhere to actively participate in voting. You have a voice and there’s no better time to make sure it is HEARD than NOW.

Women have come a long way, but there is still so much more work to be done. Please share this article with loved ones to spread the message! 

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