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92nd Anniversary of Women's Right to Vote

PHOTO: Public Domain photo of Trixie Friganza campaigning for women’s suffrage. Courtesy kilmerhourse.com
PHOTO: Public Domain photo of Trixie Friganza campaigning for women’s suffrage. Courtesy kilmerhourse.com
September 4, 2012

SANTA FE, N.M. - August 26 marked the 92nd anniversary of the passage of the 19th Amendment, giving women the right to vote in the U.S. A rally in front of the Roundhouse for Women's Day of Equality was sponsored by the Santa Fe Federated Republican Women. Other Santa Fe celebrants boarded the 19th Amendment Train at the Santa Fe Southern Railway.

While there was much fanfare, some worry that women still don't have the same rights as men. Bridget Kaminetsky of the 9to5 National Association of Working Women is worried that women will become disenfranchised this election season, even though they make up more than half of the electorate. She says many candidates aren't pushing female-friendly policies.

"Women need to go out and vote because their views are not always represented by those who are in power. We need to make sure that who we put in office is really listening to us."

She adds that it's important for candidates not to just say they support families and jobs, but to actually support policies that benefit women and families.

Kaminetsky says one key issue for working women this election season is employer-paid sick days.

"Americans just can't afford to get sick. Right now, during these tough economic times, no one should have to lose that income, or worse, their job because they or someone else gets sick."

The National Partnership on Women and Families says if workers earned seven paid sick days a year, our national economy would experience a net savings of $160 billion annually because of increased productivity and reduced turnover.

More on the Day of Equality is at bit.ly/ObpXb5.

Renee Blake/Beth Blakeman, Public News Service - NM