I have been planning on doing a couple of "Why you should vote" blogs in the next week or so. The first was going to be about the women's' suffrage movement and this quick little rant leads directly into that subject.
In The God Delusion, Dawkins explains how far the Zeitgeist has shifted by providing a list of dates when women were granted the right to vote. His point is that, today the idea of women not being qualified to vote is crazy, but that it really wasnt very long ago that it was par for the course.
Everyone knows that women in the US were given the right to vote in 1920, probably from School House Rock.
What i didnt know until tonight is this:
New Zealand 1893
United States 1920
So, you have to ask yourself, what's your freaking deal Switzerland? 1971? You have got to be kidding me. Why in the hell did you wait so long? Were you too busy making swatches and chocolate? Honestly, it kinda makes me sick.
And France...for a county that is pretty hard on the U.S. for our not so liberal ways (often correctly), you dont really have a lot of room to be snobby. 1945 huh? I am sure you were still cleaning up from WWII and all but come on.
Big congrats to the Kiwi's, by the by.
Later this week I will have a longer post about the American Women's Suffrage movement. Until then, early voting in Colorado starts Monday, October 20th and runs through Friday, October 31st. You can check for early voting locations here.