|Lorraine voting this morning for|
I wore white in remembrance of the suffragettes who wore white as they campaigned for the right of women to vote in the early 20th century. They were arrested and jailed, tube fed when they went on a hunger strike, spit at and lost jobs in their journey to the vote. We finally won the vote in August 18, 1920 when the youngest member of the Tennessee legislature, Harry Burn, 22, who had made his intention to vote Nay, changed his mind and voted Aye. This made Tennessee the 36th state to ratify the 19th Amendment, thus meeting the constitutional requirement of having three-quarters (of 48 states) pass the amendment.
The day after, he spoke to the Tennessee legislature and said that his mother had written him a letter and told them he changed his vote because his mother asked him to and that she had always taught him that "a good boy always does what his mother asks him to do." Here's what his mother Mrs. J. L. Burn (Febb Ensminger) wrote:
"Dear Son:Considering the lengthy fight women have had just to have the right to vote, considering all the garbage hurled at Hillary since the 1980s, and the fight that we continue today to change how people think about adoption and the slurs that has been hurled at me in days past, casting a vote for Hillary-- the first woman to be nominated by a major party--was emotional for me this morning. Though you can't see it in the photo, I had a tear in my eye when Tony shot it. Adoption change has already begun, and more is sure to follow, perhaps with the help of her appointments to the Supreme Court. Our work is far from done.
Hurrah and vote for suffrage! Don't keep them in doubt! I notice some of the speeches against. They were bitter. I have been watching to see how you stood, but have not noticed anything yet. Don't forget to be a good boy and help Mrs. Catt [a leader of the movement] put the "rat" in ratification. Your mother."
But today I urge others to take part in this historic event and vote for the woman who will protect women's rights, including the right to choose; the environment; will make America welcoming to people of all faiths and backgrounds, allow people to marry the partner of their choosing, sane gun control, and come up with a reasonable plan for immigrants--HILLARY. And if you believe in these things, vote down ticket for Democrats too.--lorraine