Tuesday, 2 May 2006

why i vote

We are very lucky.

We can own property. We have financial independence. We can work in pretty much any career that we wish to. We are not forced to give up our children to their fathers when we divorce and be excluded forever from their lives. It is no longer legal to beat us. We can have sex without the fear of getting pregnant. If we become pregnant and do not wish to be, we are legally entitled to terminate the pregnancy; we are no longer forced to choose between abandonment by family and friends or carrying the child to term and then giving it up.

We have a voice. We are allowed to think. We are allowed to speak our thoughts and have them weigh towards the way our country is run.

Women have been imprisoned, been force fed, been denigrated, humiliated and some have even died to make this happen. It only became a possibility for all women in the UK in 1928.

We owe it to them to vote. Please don't let them, or yourself, down.

(I wrote a huge long comment on SheWeevil's post about Emily Davidson, which she wrote in response to Stegbeetle's post about voting (see the thoughtful comments). But then Blogger ate it and it was too long anyway, so reposted here.)


6 comments:

  1. We are all very stirred up today, aren't we? Just done another.
    *shuffles away to rant quietly to herself*

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  2. We are all very stirred up today, aren't we? Just done another.
    *shuffles away to rant quietly to herself*

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  3. Yeah, right on! It's not as it there isn't an insanely long list of people to choose from. Well, there is round here anyway.

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  4. Yeah, right on! It's not as it there isn't an insanely long list of people to choose from. Well, there is round here anyway.

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  5. Here here. Unfortunately since moving house 4 times in the pastt year I'm not even sure if I'm registered to vote. Hmmmm...

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  6. Here here. Unfortunately since moving house 4 times in the pastt year I'm not even sure if I'm registered to vote. Hmmmm...

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