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Letter: They've come a long way, baby

When I first read the headline "Women rule the vote" [News, Nov. 25], about how women voters played a key role in the election of President Barack Obama, I became overwhelmed with gratitude toward those suffragettes who fought for women to have the right to vote. Women like Elizabeth Cady Stanton, Susan B. Anthony and Lucretia Mott wrote letters, made speeches and fought passionately against tough opposition.

None of these lived to see the fruits of their labors, passing away before women were given the right to vote, but I did read they knew in their hearts it would happen soon -- and they were right.

Stanton said in a speech to Congress, "The strongest reason why we ask for woman a voice in the government under which she lives; in the religion she is asked to believe; equality in social life, where she is the chief factor; a place in the trades and professions, where she may earn her bread, is because of her birthright to self-sovereignty; because, as an individual, she must rely on herself."

Elizabeth Mandel, East Meadow