Samara O'Shea

91 and Counting

Once again I forgot the 19th Amendment’s birthday. I did this last year, too. My goal is to get it right by 2020—the 100th anniversary. I was reminded of the significant day by the White House’s Facebook Feed. They posted one of my favorite quotes:

Quote of the day: “It was we, the people; not we, the white male citizens; nor yet we, the male citizens, but we, the whole people, who formed the Union … Men, their rights and nothing more; women, their rights and nothing less.” – Susan B. Anthony. Today marks the 91st anniversary of the ratification of the 19th amendment, which granted women the right to vote.

To keep the patriotic momentum going, here are a few more words of wisdom from Walt Whitman’s Leaves of Grass that I came across last night:

“The genius of the United States is not best or most in its executives or legislatures, nor in its ambassadors or authors or colleges or churches or parlours, nor even in its newspapers and inventors . . . but always in the most common people . . . the air they have of persons who never knew how it felt to stand in the presences of superiors . . . the President’s taking off his hat to them not they to him. . .”