August 26 is National Women’s Equality Day, commemorating the passage of the 19th Amendment granting women the right to vote. In my lifetime, I’m not sure if it’s ever been more important that we recognize and utilize this right to voice our opinions.
While I’m frustrated by the divisions we see each day in the media, I am still hopeful and believe that most of us want to safeguard our rights and freedoms, however that specifically looks to each of us. I also believe when we can talk amongst ourselves person to person, we do a better job of listening and even hearing each other.
I’ve been fortunate lately to find myself at events attended by women from a wide variety of backgrounds, experiences, and settings. Regardless of the venue, subject matter or purpose, these women have shown compassion, concern, and a desire to help each other.
I would encourage each of us to stand up for what we believe but also be open to listening to others. If we can acknowledge each other’s right to their opinions, we’ll go much further in finding the options that allow us to find middle ground in at least some areas. Where our opinions lie in opposite directions, the hope is that we can help each other navigate solutions that we can all live with.
Please find ways to celebrate and honor the many women who have paved the way for us to live our lives and practice your right to vote every chance you get.