Sunday, March 10, 2013
Swinging Our Pearls for Suffrage
From what I can remember we were part of a float highlighting Women's Suffrage and the 19th Amendment-which is what that plackard my cousin is holding represents. I don't remember where those dresses came from-or those pearls. I do remember thinking why it would have been a question that women or anyone would not have the Right to Vote. Isn't that what that flag behind us symbolizes I thought-freedom, and in this instance, Freedom for Women to Vote. Not really. The Constitution left that up to the States.. Now that I am a bit older I understand what we were representing-years of women like Susan B. Anthony fighting for that Amendment so that she and other disenfrachised women had a Voice; the same Voice passed down to me and my daughters and my granddaughter and so on and so on.
Summer parades in small communities are joyous celebrations. Along with the hot dogs and cotton candy, trinkets and clowns, there is a Spirit about them-a flavor of a country with all kinds of rights. That's what we were doing; recognizing and celebrating-even if dressed in funny-looking dresses and swinging our pearls on a Saturday afternoon in a downtown that represented so many other downtowns-way back when.