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This is my most frequently used avatar around the knit-o-sphere. Which is just a cropped version of this:

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If you're anywhere around my age, you might recognize her. She's the Sufferin' Until Suffrage woman from Schoolhouse Rock. And yes, I actually watched them on Saturday morning cartoons. Shaddup. But she's actually quite important.  And if you're a woman (shoot, if you're an American) and you don't know who the women linked in the lyrics are, take a second and look it up. It's just wiki information, and you should know.

Also, vote. No, really. Don't tell me you don't think your vote counts, don't tell me it's a hassle or it doesn't matter. It's an imperfect system, but it does matter. It really matters. Women fought hard for you to have the right - honor them. Honor yourself.

(Yeah! Hurray!)

Now you have heard of Women's Rights, And how we've tried to reach new heights. If we're "all created equal"... That's us too!

(Yeah!)

But you will proba ... bly not recall That it's not been too ... too long at all, Since we even had the right to Cast a vote.

(Well!)

Well, sure, some men bowed down and called us "Mrs." (Yeah!) Let us hang the wash out and wash the dishes, (Huh!) But when the time rolled around to elect a president...

What did they say, Sister, (What did they say?)

They said, uh, "See ya later, alligator, And don't forget my ... my mashed potatoes, 'Cause I'm going downtown to cast my vote for president."

Oh, we were suffering until suffrage, Not a woman here could vote, no matter what age, Then the 19th Amendment struck down that restrictive rule. (Oh yeah!)

And now we pull down on the lever, Cast our ballots and we endeavor To improve our country, state, county, town, and school.

(Tell 'em 'bout it!)

Those pilgrim women who ... Who braved the boat Could cook the turkey, but they ... They could not vote. Even Betsy Ross who sewed the flag was left behind that first election day.

(What a shame, Sisters!)

Then Susan B. Anthony (Yeah!) and Julia Howe, (Lucretia!) Lucretia Mott, (and others!) they showed us how; They carried signs and marched in lines Until at long last the law was passed.

Oh, we were suffering until suffrage, Not a woman here could vote, no matter what age, Then the 19th Amendment struck down that restrictive rule. (Oh yeah!)

And now we pull down on the lever, Cast our ballots and we endeavor To improve our country, state, county, town, and school. (Right On! Right On!)

Yes the 19th Amendment Struck down that restrictive rule. (Right On! Right On!)

Yes the 19th Amendment Struck down that restrictive rule. (Yeah, yeah! Yeah, yeah! Right on! We got it now!)

Since 1920... Sisters, unite! Vote on!