100 years ago, women in the United States were able to vote for the first time ever. Before then, we as women could not use our voices to vote for the candidate of our choice. Knowing as a woman that many many women before me were not able to vote, makes me oh so grateful for my right to be able to do so. With Election Day being today, I want to share why I am thankful for women’s suffrage and why you should be too!

Last week, I got together with several other influencers to share why YOU should get out and vote. Although women’s suffrage was granted 100 years ago, many others such as African Americans, Hispanics, Asians, Native Americans, and men from a lower class were not able to vote for some time as well. As an American citizen, I see the United States as a beautiful country made up of beautiful people from several different backgrounds. Furthermore, having a candidate who embodies the votes and opinions of everyone living in America is a beautiful thing. It’s something that I can get behind.

With the current political climate, it is easy to get angry and upset over who someone chooses to vote for. While it is okay to be upset when others disagree with us, it is not okay to act on that anger and sadness. Everyone has their opinions and reasonings for choosing who they vote for, and it is usually not any of our business why someone selects a particular candidate. Personally, I have a candidate that I stand by and hope that wins this election and eventually the United States presidency. However, I will not get upset and treat others with anything but kindness if they choose to back another candidate from who I back. Even though I am pretty nervous about the election results, I know that above all else, if we are kind to others, then that is all that counts. Most people in this world are kind to others and want the best for everyone regardless of race, gender, sexuality, religion, and ethnicity. That being said, let’s focus on kindness before anything else.

As a woman, I have the power to change the world even with one vote. Women before me such as Susan B Anthony and Elizabeth Cary Stanton fought for my right to vote. It is important to remember and commemorate all of the hard work that these women went through just to simply cast their votes, even when it is not the 100th anniversary of women’s suffrage. Today, women around me are getting out to the polls much more than ever before. This ability of mine is something that I will ALWAYS be grateful for.

XOXO – Katie <3

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