This November marks 100 years of women exercising the right to vote. When I enter the polling booth, I’ll be thinking of my grandmother.
As a woman, she was disenfranchised and barred from participating in a process at the heart of our American democracy. Imagine how she first felt when she registered to vote, cast her ballot, and emerged from the polling booth as an equal participant to any man in the democratic process. Imagine her delight and immense pride to know her granddaughter, the first woman in Dauphin County’s history to serve in the Pennsylvania General Assembly, is continuing that glass-breaking legacy in the Commonwealth.
Pennsylvania, the birthplace of our American republic, is proudly called home for many suffragettes that won the crusade for the right to vote. Leaders such as Lucretia Mott, Daisy Lampkin and Carrie Burnham fought tirelessly, endured ridicule, and even faced prosecution in their campaign