Take the time to Honor Women’s Equal­ity Day by vot­ing

The Dundalk Eagle - - BY THE PEOPLE - By SYD­NEY GOGGANS Spel­man Col­lege

The year of 2020 has opened up a lot of prob­lems that were un­ex­pected for the globe. Full of tribulatio­ns, it seems as if the ter­ror will not cease. The econ­omy is spi­ral­ing out of con­trol, loved ones are dy­ing and it seems as if there is no light at the end of the tun­nel. While it is easy to say that 2020 has been the worst year yet for so many peo­ple, we must rec­og­nize that 2020 has been the year of reawak­en­ing. We are re­al­iz­ing the ter­rors that are still awake and alive and the path to jus­tice is be­com­ing a uni­fied ob­jec­tive for the peo­ple of this coun­try. The grow­ing in­flu­ence of so­cial me­dia acts as a jour­nal­is­tic plat­form to ex­pose the trou­bles of a world that we have not con­quered. And so, be­cause of that, the young peo­ple of to­day are more ed­u­cated than ever be­fore. Sys­temic op­pres­sion still fes­ters through our laws and poli­cies, but we have a chance to change this through our will­ing­ness to be ed­u­cated on mat­ters and be­ing an ac­tivist and ally for oth­ers. 2020 is serv­ing as a time for self-re­flec­tion and un­der­stat­ing the im­por­tance that his­tory can have on our fu­ture.

The topic of equal­ity is a ma­jor theme cir­cu­lat­ing through the usage of memes and other types of in­for­ma­tional posts on so­cial me­dia plat­forms. On Au­gust 26, Women’s Equal­ity Day will most likely be com­mem­o­rated heav­ily in the vir­tual world es­pe­cially since peo­ple use so­cial me­dia as a form of their own ac­tivism. Women’s Equal­ity Day is im­por­tant be­cause it memo­ri­al­izes and com­mem­o­rates the es­tab­lish­ment of the 19th amend­ment which granted women the right to vote. With the elec­tion com­ing up and the fre­quent vir­tual con­ver­sa­tions about equal­ity, Women’s Equal­ity Day will def­i­nitely be a his­tor­i­cal mo­ment this year due to the con­text of this in­tense elec­tion and COVID-19. That is why it is im­por­tant that we ac­knowl­edge this day and the strug­gles from those be­fore us to get us to where we are.

While it may seem ob­vi­ous that Women’s Equal­ity Day should be deemed as im­por­tant, we must ac­tu­ally take time to cel­e­brate it with in­tegrity. In 2018, 16 mil­lion women were not reg­is­tered to vote. That was only 2 years ago. Vot­ing is an Amer­i­can right. And we must cel­e­brate this day by en­cour­ag­ing other women to vote. Our grand­mother, great grand­moth­ers, and other ma­tri­ar­chal fig­ures fought for this mo­ment in his­tory and we must honor them by ex­er­cis­ing our rights. For this hol­i­day, it is es­sen­tial that we use our voice that is given in or­der to ad­vo­cate for the im­por­tance of vot­ing. Elec­tion Day is com­ing fast and ev­ery sec­ond makes us closer and closer to Nov. 3.

My gen­er­a­tion is the fu­ture, but we can­not act “woke” and blast Women’s Equal­ity Day on our In­sta­gram sto­ries without ac­tu­ally do­ing the work that the women be­fore us paved for us to do. Since we are the gate­keep­ers of so­cial me­dia, we must use our plat­forms to en­cour­age more women to vote. And that, in it­self, is enough to cel­e­brate for Women’s Equal­ity Day. United we must stand. If we act di­vi­sive, we un­in­ten­tion­ally dis­re­gard their work and ac­com­plish­ments at the ex­pense for our free­dom.

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