Women, Please Vote!

The Politics Of Our Time

Canadians will go to the polls in a couple of days and I will be among them. My daughter actually preempted me by casting her vote in the advance polls last Monday – Thanksgiving Day.

As I admitted on my Facebook page and personal profile, I did not exercise my franchise in the last federal elections. My adolescent years in Jamaica were very much focussed on women and voting, politics in general and international affairs. However, my life a few years ago was in somewhat of a topsy turvy and quite frankly, and ashamedly so, voting was the last thing on my agenda. Those who know me will tell you that regret is not a word that comes easily to my lips – it will not now. I do not regret my decision not to go to the polls in 2011 but it is something that, moving forward, will never happen again.

Women And Voting: Please Do!

While this blog will not engage in partisan politics of any nature, whether Canadian, US or any other country in our world, what is important to us is that women never forget that:

  1. It was a long fought battle for us to gain the right to vote
  2. Women in several countries around the world still cannot vote
  3. The female vote is extremely important – it can be the deciding factor in many political races around the world.
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I am voting this election

On this question of women and voting, particularly on the upcoming elections here in Canada, this is what I shared on my personal Facebook profile yesterday:

I told my team that I will not be at work on Monday and why. They all said, “Seriously Claudette?”

Yes, I am dead serious that I need the entire weekend and morning of Election Day (October 19) to decide who I am voting for. Having not watched television at all for two years, haven’t read a newspaper in 2+ years and having not voted in the last federal elections I need more time to decide.

My vote counts this time to me more than ever because of this child – #Kitten. I am voting for her and in her interest every time from now on. As:
1. Immigrants (13 years) and citizens now for almost 8 years
2. A thinking, independent and strong woman
3. A person of colour
4. As a non-religious individual
5. A soon to be senior citizen (15 more years)

I am voting to make sure that this next and all future governments ensure, protect and legislate with the best interests of women, children and seniors at heart. I’m voting for those who support equal rights for ALL and not pander to any one group.

I’m voting for good schools for children, social welfare programmes, good jobs for ALL, fair immigration practices – ones that encourage the continuing construction of the mosaic called Canada.

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So, I will be studying every platform over the next few days until Monday, October 19 and then head to cast my vote around 3:00 p.m.

If more people would consider the children’s future we might, just might return to a Canada that we all recognise and are once again truly proud of!

Not Every Woman Can

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Women’s Right To Vote

Another reason I will not miss voting this time around is that many women around the world are dying for the opportunity to choose for themselves. Women in the United States won the right to vote 95 years ago. In Canada, women began voting in 1916, gaining full right to vote in 1919. [tweetthis]Read and retweet this blog to make sure all your girlfriends go out and vote![/tweetthis]

A quick scan of current news stories show that voting in their country’s elections is not a right all women have. Actually, there are still people, including women, who think we should not have the right to vote. And so, those of us who do – whatever your political view – exercise your franchise. Check out these links and make sure you head to the polls when that times comes:

Wherever in the world you are reading this, especially in Canada this week, please go out to vote if you have that right. If you are living in a country where that right is restricted or completely prohibited, do your part – quietly if necessary – to change the system for your daughters if not for yourself. I am not into political agitation but this is not – voting is a human right as much as any other in my book. Please share your thoughts on this or any other of our posts in the comments below.Β  You can also take part in this poll and inspire other readers, women, to head to the polls in their local or national elections when that time comes.

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Claudette P. Esterine
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41 thoughts on “Women, Please Vote!

  1. Women came out in great numbers and I think it definitely made a difference.

    1. Ms Claudette

      Yes, we did! πŸ™‚

  2. As a Political Science major in college I am a huge advocate for voting but especially in women. My vote honors the woman who fought for me to have that right

    1. Ms Claudette

      Yes, Michelle, yes!!! Did I say yes?! πŸ™‚

  3. […] Almost a couple of decades since that fateful plane ride to Eastern Europe, another plane flew me away from the land of my birth. Now a citizen of Canada for 13+ years and as I wrote in the third most visited and read post of this week past, “Women, Please Vote!” […]

  4. kleebanks

    I hope the person you voted for won – do you have results yet?

    I have not voted recently (in the US) because I just haven’t been totally onboard with any of the candidates and I’ve been disgusted with politics in general.

    1. Ms Claudette

      I voted strategically. The person that I really wanted to vote for would not have won and it was important for me to help oust the current (soon to be former) Prime Minister. As to your disgust, I empathize as I have been there! πŸ™‚

  5. May

    I don’t think a lot of people realize how important voting is and how impactful it can be.

    1. Ms Claudette

      I have to agree with you on that. πŸ™

  6. CourtneyLynne

    I have been voting ever since I was 18! It’s crazy to me how so many people just don’t care!

    1. Ms Claudette

      As I admitted, I did not vote in the last (2011) Federal Election but never again.

  7. Elizabeth O.

    That’s awesome, always exercise your right to vote, it’s one of the things that can help shape our future. It’s also important because of our kids and for most, their grand kids.

    1. Ms Claudette

      So true Elizabeth, so true! πŸ™‚

  8. Growing up in DC, voting was a HUGE deal, especially for the teen and female population – both of which I was!

    1. Ms Claudette

      Love that! I must look for it! Thanks for sharing. πŸ™‚

  9. Voting is very important and we should vote. These helps to choose right person.

    1. Ms Claudette

      As they say, if you don’t cast a vote you lose credible grounds for “complaining” about the state of affairs.

  10. dltolley

    My daughter and I are heading out now . . .
    Thank you, Nellie McClung and all you sisters of vision. We’ll be forever grateful!

    1. Ms Claudette

      i love that you are going with your girls! Yes, thanks to all the women who went ahead and forged the way! Namaste πŸ™‚

  11. We all should exercise our rights to vote. Thanks for this reminder.

    1. Ms Claudette

      You are most welcome! πŸ™‚

  12. Voting is very important.. So don’t forget to vote. Our votes could make a difference

    1. Ms Claudette

      I am heading to the polls in a few hours! πŸ™‚

  13. voting is very important as its the right in our society. We all should vote to choose the right representative.

    1. Ms Claudette

      Fully agree! πŸ™‚

  14. I think it is important for all to vote. Women need to vote to try to help bring about a change in equality.

    1. Ms Claudette

      Couldn’t agree more with you! πŸ™‚

  15. Eileen xo

    I love this post! I have always been a huge proponent of the power of the voice and voting! I have raised my children to do the same. Excellent post and I really enjoyed reading this today!

    1. Ms Claudette

      Thank you Eileen! Thank you for what you do and the children that you are raising to be responsible citizens of our world. πŸ™‚

  16. danavento

    Your voice is your vote, your voting is your voice. Very simply put! Thanks for the great article as usual: Love your blog

    1. Ms Claudette

      Thank you Dana and that was well said! πŸ™‚

  17. I tell people all the time, if you do not vote then you really do not have a voice….many women fought hard for this so we should never take it lightly

    1. Ms Claudette

      Indeed many did and not we ought not take it lightly!

        1. Ms Claudette

          πŸ™‚

  18. I always make sure to vote. After all it’s my right and I’m going to exercise it.

    1. Ms Claudette

      I so agree with you! πŸ™‚

  19. Such a great reminder! I always make sure to vote. Even though I’m just one person, my vote counts. I feel that if you don’t vote, you don’t have a right to complain either.

    1. Ms Claudette

      Of course your “one” vote counts! And yes, that’s exactly how I felt after no voting in the last elections here – I just had to shut up and not complain. Not this time around! πŸ™‚

  20. I’m casting my vote that’s for sure! I hope everyone that can will too! People in some parts of the world don’t have that right and we often take it for granted.

    1. Ms Claudette

      Yes we do and yes they are so we ought not to take it for granted. Thanks for stopping by! πŸ™‚

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