Women and the election

Voting

We voted!

“Voting is the most precious right of every citizen, and we have a moral obligation to ensure the integrity of our voting process.”
Hillary Clinton

The facts state that women make up 51% of the US population, but we only make up 17% of Congress. There is disparity here. While women have more of a voice than ever before, it is still important to notice that politics seems to be a man’s world. Thankfully, women have begun to pave the way for others to join in the American political process. Hilary Clinton and Condoleezza Rice are two great examples of strong women taking a stand.

This year, 18 women are running for political office in the Senate and 141 are running for the House, more than ever before. Many are calling this the “year of the woman,” with much of the campaign focusing on women’s rights and which candidate will adhere more closely to those.

While it is an exciting time for politics and for women, we hope to see more equality in the future. Why does it matter if Michelle Obama dresses better than Anne Romney? Why does it matter if one woman candidate is more attractive than another? It isn’t simply a matter of equality between men and women, but a matter of equality between women. And it is our fault and the media’s fault for always looking on outward appearances and nit picking at the color of lipstick someone is wearing.

So today, go out and vote for the candidate that you feel will lead us into a better America. Vote for the person who will allow you to pursue your dreams and become the woman you want to be. Just don’t sit around and let others choose for you. We are blessed to live in America, and let’s not take that for granted.

“I talked about the need for American leadership, I talked about the importance of the United States to a more peaceful world, a world that has been quite turbulent in recent years, and needs a strong American anchor.”
Condoleezza Rice

Famous Women Quotes: Helen Keller broke barriers, will you?

“I am only one, but still I am one. I cannot do everything, but still I can do something; and because I cannot do everything, I will not refuse to do something that I can do.” -Helen Keller

Helen Keller was a pioneer as the first deafblind person to receive a Bachelor of Arts degree. Despite her handicaps, Keller became an author, political activist, and lecturer. She broke physical and social barriers and quickly became a legacy. She is an inspiration to us here at Damsels and we hope to make an impact the same way she did.

Famous Women Quotes: Susan B. Anthony fought to get us where we are today

“I think the girl who is able to earn her own living and pay her own way should be as happy as anybody on Earth. The sense of independence and security is very sweet.”

-Susan B. Anthony

Susan B. Anthony isn’t just an incredible woman, she spent her life fighting for other women. She created the Women’s State Temperance Society, National Woman’s Suffrage Association, and even co-founded a newspaper that reported on women’s rights. In 1878 she wrote the Amendment that became the 19th Amendment, giving women the right to vote. Her last public words before her death were “Failure is impossible.” This woman never gave up. She showed the world why women are important and fought until her death to gain women the same rights as men.

Famous Women Quotes: Anne Frank and finding the best from the worst

“How wonderful it is that nobody need wait a single moment before starting to improve the world.”

-Anne Frank

Anne Frank is well known for the writings in her diary that continue to inspire and educate people to this day. Her stories of living in hiding in Amsterdam during the second World War bring light to what it means to be trapped and fearful for one’s life on a daily basis. We find inspiration at Anne Frank because of her ability to still be positive during this time in her life. Anne died of typhus after living in a concentration camp in some of the worst conditions a group of humans have ever had to face. Anne reminds us that there is beauty in life, even at the worst of times. This quote is one of our favorites. We know that women are constantly trying to improve the world and looking to find more ways to do so. This quote highlights how we don’t need to wait before doing so.

Famous Women quotes: Harriet Tubman was a dreamer. Are you?

“Every great dream begins with a dreamer. Always remember, you have within you the strength, the patience, and the passion to reach for the stars to change the world.”

-Harriet Tubman

Harriet Tubman was born into slavery. After living in terrible conditions and being beaten by her masters, Tubman escaped and made 13 missions through which she rescued more than 70 slaves. She was the conductor of the Underground railroad and made sure that former slaves gained their freedom. Even when the Fugitive Slave Law was passed, she would help those affected by it to get to Canada, where they could not be returned to the slave owners. Harriet Tubman is an example of incredible strong women who dedicate their lives to making a difference. She refused to let injustice happen and for that, we feature her.

Famous Women Quotes: Amelia Earhart

Amelia Earhart was the first woman pilot to fly solo across the Atlantic Ocean. She was the first woman to receive the Distinguished Flying Cross, and later formed an organization for women pilots called The Ninety-Nines. She published several books about her experiences. As an early supporter of equal rights for women, Earhart was the embodiment of the idea that women can do anything men can do. She continues to be an inspiration to many.The following are a few quotes that inspire the Damsels in Success team.

“Everyone has oceans to fly, if they have the heart to do it. Is it reckless? Maybe. But what do dreams know of boundaries?”

“I want to do it because I want to do it. Women must try to do things as men have tried. When they fail, their failure must be but a challenge to others.”

“Courage is the price that life exacts for granting peace.”

“Adventure is worthwhile in itself.”

“Being alone is scary, but not as scary as feeling alone in a relationship.”

“The most effective way to do it is to do it.”

“The most difficult thing is the decision to act, the rest is merely tenacity. The fears are paper tigers. You can do anything you decide to do. You can act to change and control your life; and the procedure, the process is its own reward.”

Famous Women Quotes: Eleanor Roosevelt

Eleanor Roosevelt was a forward thinking woman who was heavily involved in evolution of the status of women. Through her humanitarian efforts, newspaper column and political involvement, she showed that she was her own person, capable of changing the world at a time when most women were isolated at home. The following are a few quotes that inspire the Damsels in Successteam.

“No one can make you feel inferior without your consent.” This is My Story

“A woman is like a teabag; you never know how strong it is until it’s in hot water.” You Learn by Living:Eleven Keys for a More Fulfilling Life

“You gain strength, courage and confidence by every experience in which you really stop to look fear in the face. You are able to say to yourself, ‘I have lived through this horror. I can take the next thing that comes along.’ You must do the thing you think you cannot do.” You Learn by Living:Eleven Keys for a More Fulfilling Life

“Do one thing every day that scares you.”

“Do what you feel in your heart is right – for you’ll be criticized anyway.”

“The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams.”

“You can often change your circumstances by changing your attitude”

“Life was meant to be lived, and curiosity must be kept alive. One must never, for whatever reason, turn his back on life.”

“It is not fair to ask of others what you are not willing to do yourself.”

“What could we accomplish if we knew we could not fail?”

“With the new day comes new strength and new thoughts.”