Saturday, July 19, 2008

160 Years of Women's Suffrage

Senator Hillary Clinton's letter.

Dear Friends,

I am pleased to send greetings to each of you attending the 160th Anniversary of the Seneca Falls Convention. I am especially honored to be part of this special recognition of Women's Rights. I thank the Seneca Falls Project, The National Women's Hall of Fame and Seneca 160 for their support and recognition of this historic year for women along with our issues, struggles and triumphs.

This year has been significant for all of us as women. After traveling and meeting people from across America, I am more confident than ever about the future of our place and role in society. As someone who has had the privilege to benefit from many freedoms that are rooted here at Seneca Falls 160 years ago, I am encouraged and thankful for the continued effort and commitment to women's causes that is evident here today. As women continue to distinguish themselves in aspects of society across America, we must renew our efforts to empower all women with the rights and opportunities promised by our founders and fought for by the heroic women and men who left an indelible mark in Seneca Falls 160 years ago.

I wish all the best for this special occasion and thank you once again for your continued support. I am proud of how far we have come and what we have accomplished. As I said last month, although we were not able to shatter that highest glass ceiling this time, thanks to you, it has got about 18 million cracks in it.

With all best wishes, I am,

Sincerely yours,
Hillary Rodham Clinton

July 19th and 20th, 1848 to 2008, 160 years.

We've come a long way ... but there is still much to be done before women have equality and justice in this country. We simply need to reflect back on the primary, or watch the current treatment of Katie Couric, to know this. Women, and the men who support us, need to stand up ... and speak out for women's equality and justice.



Anonymous said...

Thanks for posting this. It's their world and they just want us to shut up and function in it.

Anonymous said...

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