One hundred years ago this week, Congress passed the 19th Amendment: “The right of citizens of the Untied States to vote shall not be denied or abridged by the United States or by any State on account of sex. Congress shall have the power to enforce this article by appropriate legislation.” An historical moment!
Flash back further than 100 years, in the presidential election of 1872, fifteen women cast votes, even though it was forbidden. Susan B Anthony was among them. Weeks later, she was arrested. At her trial, she was not allowed to testify because she was a woman. Four years later, she lead a protest. Twelve years after that she, along with others, formed the National American Women’s Suffrage Association. Every year she lobbied Congress on behave of women’s rights. She was dogged. She died fourteen years before women secured the right to vote. The significance of her impact has far outweighed the cost she paid.
Impact: the action of one object coming forcibly into contact with another. Susan B. Anthony’s impact was hard fought. Many of us want to have impact, influence, significance but we aren’t willing to do the uncomfortable things, connect with people who disagree with us, sacrifice some of our own freedom for the larger good, and keep at it (whatever “it” is) even when we don’t see results. Susan was dogged.
Where have you given up?
Where could you be a little more like Susan?
Where are you having an impact that will last?
Get involved, be active, stay vigilant any where you can have an impact. Our impact or lack of impact will be felt for hundreds of years.