More than a century after women crossed the suffrage line and cast their first
political vote, they still find themselves fighting for freedom and equality. With
an election around the corner and a male conservative chorus chanting, "We know
what is best for women," women have a reason to be concerned and outraged
This is a crucial time for women, one in which the progress they have made and
the path they have chosen to ensure equality for themselves is being booby-
trapped by religious zealots.
To paraphrase Karen Armstrong, academic scholar on Middle-Eastern religions,
"Extremism in any form is dangerous since extremists are unable to see beyond
rigid boundaries that prohibit compromise. " This is precisely the reason that our
forefathers and mothers left their place of birth and founded a nation in which
separation of church and state was enacted into law.
Women need to pay attention to the rhetoric of both parties, especially
when it comes to demeaning women and their rights. We did not walk this far
and take risks and accomplish what many deemed impossible to be blocked by
prejudice and ignorance.