Monday, November 05, 2007
I know it's not the highly anticipated presidential election, but tomorrow (Tuesday, November 6, 2007) is voting day, at least where I live, so please go vote! If you don't vote, you don't get to complain later. Also, I heard recently that in general, young single women do not vote. I am a young single woman and I vote. If I don't, I feel like I'm saying I don't matter. Think about it.
To get in the voting spirit, I recommend watching the movie Iron Jawed Angels, about the women's suffrage movement. Iron Jawed Angels is an excellent movie. I know at least one person will read this and think to herself that she doesn't like movies that don't take place in modern times, but please, trust me, this one is a good one. It's very modern in spite of taking place nearly one hundred years ago.
Something else I think you'll enjoy is If They Only Listened to Us: What Women Voters Want Politicians to Hear by Melinda Henneberger. This is easily the most un-dry political non-fiction I have ever read. It's a book about real women from many different social and economic backgrounds discussing the 2004 presidential election. I don't know what, if any, lasting impact this book will have, but I just felt good reading it. There's not a lot of detailed description of what people look like or the surroundings, but in each place the author visits, I felt like I could see the scene perfectly. Before I had a chance to read the book, I heard the author speak here in town at the main library. She said the book was not a ten-step plan for victory in the next election and what it was instead, but somehow it wasn't until I began reading that I understood what she had done and how neat it was. I should mention that this is absolutely not a book just for women. I understand that is probably more appealing to women, but I honestly think men can enjoy it and certainly learn from it as well.