Its summer, so things are slowing down a bit. But, the world was changing in August 1920 when, after many years of struggle and state by state battles, the US Constitution was amended and women received the right to vote. (I love this piece on womens suffrage written for students, which has a quiz on women’s suffrage as well.)

As the 2012 elections begin to shape up, and we focus on the issues important to all of us, I think it is important to remember how hard women fought to be full participants in our democracy. Whatever your party affiliation or political beliefs, we owe it to those women, who fought for us to be part of our democracy, to educate ourselves, participate and vote. And, of course, to encourage other women to follow in the footsteps of those who came before us and run for office.