“I raiseup my voice-not so I can shout but so that those without a voice can be heard…wecannot succeed when half of us are held back.
” Education has always been animportant aspect in my life and has given me a voice and understanding of who Iam. This quote by Malala Yousafzai strongly connects with me and encourages meto raise a power all women hold. Society has always marked women as the weaker genderand despite many attempts to change it, some countries in the world stillstruggle to do so. I am thankful to be a part of such an uplifting countrywhere I am considered as an equal and given respect. Thus, the greatest joy forme would be to be a member and to support suffrage for women which was grantedand declared in the Constitution in 1920. Beforethe nineteenth amendment was passed, society shunned women and were consideredthe background to a stage dominated by men.
It astonishes me how women weretreated and makes me want raise my voice for them amongst other united women. Whena woman stands up for herself, I believe she is indirectly standing up for allwomen. Dauntless women such as Susan B. Anthony and Elizabeth Cady Stanton havemy utmost respect. They were the main enforces in pushing the suffrage movementand I wish I could have been there at Seneca Falls standing up for the rightswe deserve. Since then, expectations for women have sparked higher. Education becamean access for women to contribute to society and civilization. This was agroundbreaking impact.
Women were now allowed to enter male dominatedprofessions such as medicine, law, and engineering. Having an interest inmedicine and wanting to pursue a career in that field, flusters me to think Imay have not had the opportunity to do so if I was living during that timeperiod. I value my education each day and I am so thankful for it. For me,education is a blessing. It is the most powerful tool we can use to establishourselves. Witnessing other girls my age or younger who are deprived of it,when I visit India, leaves me anguished. I cannot imagine the struggle andinferior treatment they receive. Furthermore,there has been an enduring significance of the women suffrage movement inAmerica.
It has been considered one of the most important events to ever occurredand creates a platform for women to assert their voices. I believe women havenot been granted or given their vote, but rather won their vote and their right as a citizen of the country. Thismovement has an affirmation that will last forever and is our country’s promisein protecting our women and equality. It is an honor for the United States tocreate a benchmark and become a role model for other countries. This is atriumphant lesson in history which teaches about the misunderstood and surpassed.
It emphasizes us to understand the importance society needs of progressiveleaders. Iremember hearing a speech where Hillary Clinton said, “Human rights are women’srights, and women’s rights are human rights.” This statement holds so much powerto it and even today the rights are being fought for. Assuredly, I would wantto be have not only witnessed, but been a part of the suffrage movement.
Thehonor and respect the women who contributed to fight for these rights areimmense and truly understated. I am endowed to these fighters and thankful Ihave the opportunity to assert my rights and beliefs. This movement willcontinue to provide the future generations a foundation to build their future. Iencourage all of us to stand up for our beliefs and see how one change canimpact the whole of civilization.