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The American Evolution: the American Woman

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At no time in our country's history have women been so well represented on the ballot. With Hillary Clinton making an impressive run for president, Sarah Palin being chosen as a vice-presidential nominee, and Bev Perdue winning the office of Governor, becoming the first woman ever to accomplish that feat in North Carolina, it has been a good year for women. On January 10th, 1917, a group of women seeking the right to vote began protesting outside the White House. For the next two and a half years, more than a thousand different women picketed day and night. Some were arrested, jailed, even beaten, but they didn't give up. And while he initially ignored the protestors, President Woodrow Wilson eventually took up their cause, urging congress to pass the 19th amendment. It was ultimately ratified in 1920, and allowed the female half of the country to finally have a say in their own government. It is safe to say these women who fought so hard would be proud, if not amazed, by how far women have come since then. "Hillary left 18 million cracks in the highest, hardest glass ceiling in America. But it turns out that the women aren't finished yet," said Gov. Palin. 108-year-old Carrie Walker did not miss the chance to go to the polls during this historic election season. She grew up in Pender County, and has not forgotten what it used to be like. "Staying with the husband and cooked and cleaned up the house, and kept things nice," said Walker. For a woman born 20 years before women got the right to vote, Mrs. Walker almost could not believe this years history making events. Here in New Hanover County, women are no less delighted about the amazing political accomplishments this year, and do not want themselves to lose sight of the sacrifices that made it all possible. "My aunt was really a woman ahead of her time,” said Ann Wilkinson, niece of a suffragette. Ann Wilkinson's aunt, Hattie Lewis Carter, had her own ladies suffragette club right here in North Carolina. Presently, the legacy of the women's suffrage movement lives on in North Carolina, and all around the country.

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THANKS in part to the feminist movement...both husbands and wives HAVE to work to make it...WE APPRECIATE IT!