It never ceases to amaze me where I am led and what I am encountering these days. From a brief chat at a DC Tech Meetup session in Chinatown last week, one of the women entrepreneurs I encountered invited me to the National Press Club celebration of the Suffrage march in DC. Completely surprised by her gracious offer, I took her up on it.
This weekend marks the 100th anniversary of the march in Washington on Pennsylvania Avenue for women's right to vote. As a modern day woman, I must say I take it for granted that I have this right, much less as an immigrant citizen. Sad to admit, for many early years of my adulthood I did not give it any thought this right to vote. As years and experience has taught me, our ability to influence others is greater than we often give ourselves the credit. And as the amazing women of their time people like Elizabeth Cady Stanton, Susan B. Anthony, Sojourner Truth and countless many other women, our collective voices have power. Demonstrated on that March day in 1913, these women had the chance to turn the tide.
At the end of the panel discussion, I had the chance to get a snapshot of the great-great-great-grand-daughter of Elizabeth Cady Stanton - pretty cool I must say.
To learn more about the events that are coming up this weekend, the Suffrage Celebration can be found at www.suffrage-centennial.org. Those historical women became vocal so that our voices would break those barriers. This challenges me to learn more about our history, to consider what I should do with my voice, and how I can influence this and future generations.