Celebrating women's right to vote on Election Day
With Hillary Clinton being the first woman nominated for president from a major political party, some voters are remembering the long hard fight for women to gain the right to vote. In Fayetteville, they're marking the moment by going to the grave of Matilda Joslyn Gage, a major player in the sufragette movement upstate. Visitors left notes, flowers, and “I voted” stickers.
Athena Czerwinski-Burkard and her mother Maria Czerwinski were taking selfies and ruminating about how long it took women to get the right to vote. Athena is 17 and cannot vote yet. But her mother did. vote. Maria noted that women were granted the right to vote across the U.S in 1920 with the 19th Amendment.
“Women don’t realize they’ve only had 96 years of voting, that they were allowed to vote,” said Athena. “People who say, ‘oh, I’m not going to go out to vote, it’s not that important to me.’ They’ve only had the right for 96 years, as women. And they don’t realize the power in that. And it’s very powerful that each individual in this country has that right.”