A vote for women

by Jourdan Fairchild in


My mother's mother, Evelyn Keiffer Temple Banister Wilson, was born in 1916. Four years later, the 19th amendment was signed into law allowing women the right to vote. Throughout my grandma's life, great strides were made by women and for women. From 1942-1945, she was a true Rosie the Riveter, living and working in Panama City, Florida as a welder on the shipyards. I vividly remember a story she used to tell of how she and a few other women once snuck onto a newly completed ship to ride it out into the ocean, which, at the time, was an honor only awarded to men. She was a fiercely independent woman who raised her daughter to follow in her footsteps, who then raised me to do the same. I also married into a family where female activism runs deep. My husband's paternal grandmother, Ellen Fairchild, founded the nation's first legal abortion clinic in Syracuse, New York. This blogger said it best. So today, in honor of these truly inspiring women, I'm voting for a candidate who I believe will help move women's rights—and the rights of all people, among other things—in a more progressive direction. I think they'd both be proud.

 

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