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A Perspective on the Elections by Megan T.

Today is November 3, Election Day! Believe it or not, some people who can vote, don’t. Although not everyone will use their opportunity to vote, there is still a powerful history behind Election Day. There are many reasons why people are able to vote now, but there is one main reason why everyone who is eligible should vote now.

During the mid-19th century, women didn’t have the right to vote. Not only were women unable to vote, but people treated them like they were weak and dependent. Even when some women didn’t have the right mentality to start activism, others did. For example, Susan B. Anthony and Elizabeth Cady Stanton fought for themselves and other women. Gradually, many other women started to join forces and became more confident. They formed many groups, such as the National Woman Suffrage Association, which is the most well-known group they formed. Together, they fought and eventually in 1920, the 19th Amendment granted them the right to vote. And let’s not forget that women weren’t the only group denied the right to vote. Due to discrimination, African Americans were not able to exercise their right until much later even though the 15th Amendment was supposed to give Black men the right to vote.

Considering the sacrifices that women made in the past, voting is very important. By not voting, you are ignoring those determined women who fought for the right to vote. Honor them by voting.

But what if you can’t vote? Well, you can still make a difference. I have seen many student activists, such as Greta Thunburg. She has traveled the world and made several speeches about making a difference and encouraging young people to do the same. Another way you can make a difference is through protests or boycotts. You can also petition or put up signs. It takes courage to do any form of activism, but don’t be afraid to voice your opinion.

Even if you don’t think politics matter, vote if you can, get involved, and make a difference!

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