Today is the 100th Anniversary of when women in the United States won the right to vote. They fought hard and for many years to gain this basic right. Though I would like to be writing more about this very special date, I am borrowing this timeline to share it with you instead. Let it be a handy reference. Its source was The Smokey Mountain News. Though the names Susan B. Anthony and Elizabeth Cady Stanton are the names that are most well-known and associated with this cause, many, many women and prominent men as well were part of this movement. Matilda Joslyn Gage, you know by now, was deeply involved–even though you won’t find her name as often as it should be mentioned. Other’s names, belonging to both black and white suffragists, were part of this essential endeavor. Think about these many forebears as you vote in the upcoming election, which is one of the most important in the history of our country. I–and many others–fear that our democracy will be lost and The United States will be a failed experiment. As I write this, Susan Rice is talking to Stephen Colbert about this very topic. “Our allies don’t know what to make of us. People may not appreciate just how much we have lost. We are incompetent…. It’s just nuts! Everything is upside down. If we have four more years of this, we would not be an America that anyone would recognize. The situation would be unsalvagable. Our reputation in the world will be irreparably damaged…” In contrast, it was so inspiring to hear words of compassion and empathy and care for our people that those who sang and spoke tonight expressed with sincerity.