Wednesday, August 18, 2010
Today is the 90th anniversary of the 19th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution. It’s because of this that I get to vote. Incidentally, it’s also because of this that I was able to have what might just be my favorite consular moment: making an 18-year-old young woman cry tears of joy when I told her I could help her register to vote in the 2008 Presidential election.
To the American women (and even men) of the early 20th century: Thank you. You risked ostracism, jail, physical abuse, and who knows what else, so that people like me who came along a couple of generations later could grow up and reach voting age without even considering the possibility of a world in which we wouldn’t be able to vote. What an incredibly generous gift.