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August 26, 1920; Women's Suffrage Day. Election Day; Women Exercise Right copyright © 2007 Betsy L. Angert. BeThink.org August 26, 1920 is a date that lives large in history. Those of the female persuasion may be more familiar with the day; however, few mark it on their calendars. They may instead honor the occasion on the first Tuesday in November, or on another Tuesday in the Spring of the year. On August 26, 1920, women received the right to vote. Since that date the weight of womanly wisdom is exercised on election days throughout the years. For many decades, women, typically single adult females, did not honor the inherent privilege their predecessors fought to provide. A colonial woman believed the right to vote was a vital liberty. Today, more and more women acknowledge women's suffrage is significant. Women, older people, and married people are more likely to vote. Among citizens, women were more likely than men to vote in the 2002 election (47 percent compared with 46 percent) . . . Although men historically have voted at higher rates than women, women’s rates surpassed those of men in the entire 18-and-older population for the first time in the Presidential election of 1984. This trend coincides with a number of other social changes for women in recent decades. Educational attainment and the labor force participation rate, both strong correlates of voting, have risen dramatically among women. These trends point to increased levels of political involvement by women, including voting participation. It began in 1776, prior to the signing of the Declaration of Independence. As our forefathers assessed the future of the colonies, so too, did our foremothers. In 1776, Abigail Adams as the Continental Congress convened in Philadelphia, she penned a note to her husband, John, who attended. Missus Adam asked that he and the other men gathered together to work on...
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Larry Craig; Gay Issues or Hypocrisy, Out of the Closet, Into Romney Campaign Barney and Bill on Larry Craig and Gay Republicans copyright © 2007 Betsy L. Angert. BeThink.org Tonight, word leaks out Senator Larry Craig was arrested in June 2007. Today, this married man pled guilty to crimes unthinkable to such a staunch Conservative. Tales of duplicity abound. In this moment, we are focused more on this man and his drama than we are on the many deceitful accounts that fill the halls of Congress. I question why. Is being Gay a crime. "Solicitation" may be considered illegal. However, when two consenting adults seek sexual gratification for love or money is that truly immoral? Might we ponder what unethical, extraordinary, and cruel actions we accept into our lives each and every day, particularly from those that supposedly represent us? During an eventful afternoon, a report was released. Craig Arrested, Pleads Guilty Following Incident in Airport Restroom. Stories were spun, and explanations mounted. Just as he had in October 2006, Idaho Senator Larry Craig Denies Allegations of Same-Sex Affairs. Talk of the how members of Congress ignore the doings in the Justice Department for so long faded. Conversation about how Congress allowed for the resignation of the embattled Attorney General Gonzales rather than impeach the man of questionable ethics subsided. Spy stories may be sensational. However, they are nothing in contrast to sex. As this scandal unfolded, few contemplated the irony in Iowa. Presidential candidates, fully insured, spoke of their health care proposals and avoided mention of the Pharmaceutical companies that back their campaign. Words of war moved off the stage temporarily. No matter. Even when we chat about this dynamic, Americans do not struggle with what might be considered immoral. The Representatives that say they want an end to combat, were placed in their Congressional offices after they promised to end the...

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