The United States of America was founded by powerful men with values and ideals reflected in the Constitution. These men did not realize the impactful and beneficial contributions that women could have on society. Therefore, women have not always been recognized as having valid opinions. For hundreds of years women did not have the right to vote. The rules of a democracy applied only to Caucasian men. Americans called their system of voting a democracy, but democracy means nothing when not all voices are included. One hundred years ago, when women won the right to vote, America became a more inclusive and equal country. This was a momentous achievement for women in America. They were now one step closer towards an equal world.
Women fought long and hard to have a say at the table. As Alice Paul, one such woman, fought for the female vote, barriers of sexism and misogyny slowed the process, and suffrage was obtained much too late. Alice Paul was an American hero whom I look up to and deeply respect. She fought for my right to speak up and voice my opinion. She protested, marched, was arrested and went on strike for that right. When I am old enough to vote, I will be standing at that ballot site ready to make the best decision I can. I owe it to the great women before me who gave me this privilege that not all of them were able to have.
While researching women suffragists, I was able to realize how important my vote really is. My political representatives should reflect my community's values, ideologies, and beliefs. Women and men, black, brown, or white should be represented in government. That is why voting for the president is very important but so is voting for your congresspeople.
Especially in this day and age, women's voices need to be heard more than ever. When women are discriminated against or abused, we must take action. The best way to take action is to vote. Thanks to the hard work and determination of the brave women before us, millions of women, young and old can take action. They can contribute to their country, and engage in democracy. –Julia