There’s a piece in The Guardian today that I co-wrote with my grandmother, Belle Littenberg. She was born before American women had the right to vote, and she wants to get the women’s turnout rate up – because it’s never been more important for American women to vote.
When Belle Littenberg was born, American women did not have the right to vote. It was 1914, and women wouldn’t be granted suffrage for another six years. Seventy-three years later, when her granddaughter Chloe was born, it was into a completely different world. The right to vote had been a given for two generations of women now, as had been a list of rights that were lofty dreams when Belle was born.
Now, women applied for their own credit cards, went to graduate school en masse, took birth control and had legal abortions. The first year that Chloe was eligible to vote in a presidential primary, she could vote for a woman who had a real chance of becoming the nominee.
Thanks in large part to the work of the intervening generation – of women like Belle’s daughters – the political and cultural lives of women had changed, in some ways, beyond recognition. In this presidential election year, two of those crucial advances – access to birth control and abortion – are under threat.
You can read the whole thing here. And don’t forget to register to vote. And hug your grandma.