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Charity Bryson: Don’t neglect women’s hard-won right to vote

“In the new code of laws, which I suppose it will be necessary for you to make, I desire you would remember the ladies and be more generous and favorable to them than your ancestors! We are determined to foment a rebellion, and will not hold ourselves bound by any laws in which we have no voice or representation.”

So wrote Abigail Adams to her husband and future president, John Adams, in 1776. Alas, our forefathers did neglect “the ladies” and it took almost 150 more years before women were legally granted their right to vote.

I would admonish today’s “ladies” not to fritter away that right after so many thousands of women sacrificed so much to have that right legally acknowledged. Women were brutalized and terrorized over those 150 years. Some had their very lives snatched from them so that you and I could enter a polling booth and speak our truth to power.

Please take advantage of your hard-won franchise to vote in November.

Charity Bryson

Grass Valley

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