I voted for the first time in 2012. I participated in legalizing gay marriage for my state and electing a president I thought wouldn’t derail the evolution of women’s equality. My two older sisters did not have anything to do with these important changes. I constantly plead (or perhaps rant) about how they need to vote and how important it is to do so but somehow they are in their early 20s and still unregistered. Whether its lack of faith in our government, not thinking that their vote makes a difference, or just wanting to remove all links with a country they may not be so proud to be a part of they do not vote.
I still can’t believe they deny themselves of such a radical move for progressing equality and something other women have worked so hard to gift us. Thinking about how I became so passionate about a woman’s right always leads back to these two women, though Tina Fey and Kim Gordon also have something to do with it. My sisters are both smart, creative, independent balls of contradictions which usually make the best feminists right? So why not vote when your pre-1920 counterparts never got to? I think feminists can be qualified vastly by just having compassion for women everywhere and understanding that a woman like Elizabeth Cady Stanton who had 7 children and was married for 47 years to the same man could be such an important bad ass for women. And yes I did just Wikipedia her to make sure I had the numbers right.