Inspiration for parents, teachers, counselors, and mentors
Don't forget to vote!
It seems to be a battle cry
lately. Many organizationspartisan and nonpartisan,
corporate and nonprofitare pushing this call to action
for the upcoming presidential election. And with good reason:
the outcome of this election will profoundly affect what
goes on in the United States and the world for the next
If you're an overworked mom who's been thinking that maybe
you're too busy to vote, stop for a minute. Your voting
will set a great example for your daughter. And it's especially
important because of the impact each candidate's policies
will have on women and girls, both in the immediate and
distant future. In addition, several Supreme Court justices
may be ready to retire, and the replacements nominated by
the next president will shape the future of the court for
decades to come.
The exciting part is that, as more than half the population,
women have the ability to be the deciding factor in this
election. We literally
have the power to elect leaders, at all levels, who
will look out for our interests. However, according to Ms.
magazine, 22 million of the 45 million unmarried women
in the United States (between the ages of 18 and 64) did
not vote in the 2000 presidential election!
If you have a daughter who's
already turned 18, encourage her to get registered and vote.
If she's younger, treat her as a voter-in-training and see
if you can get her involved and engaged in the voting process.
Volunteer with her for a local pre-election event, or have
her weigh in on her views when you cast your votes.
Recommended sites for getting
informed about the issues include:
Get Out Her Vote
The White House Project
of Women Voters
Freedom unexercised may become
Margaret Chase Smith, congresswoman, 1897-1995
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