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This midterm election made me think about what voting means. Like most of the blessings in our lives, many of us take the right to vote for granted. So much so, that voting is often not a priority for us. Inconvenient, even. We are occupied by such an abundance of other responsibilities that, in the short view, seem to be more immediate, important and relevant. Only 42% of registered voters cast a ballot earlier this month, which means that the majority of eligible Americans did not vote.
Lower voter participation is a silent threat to our democracy...It under-represents young people, the poor, the disabled, those with little education, minorities and you and me.
- Nancy Neuman
This hasn't always been the case. Nor is in true in many parts of the world.
My maternal grandmother escaped Czarist Russia with her life (but without the life of the baby she lost) after having been imprisoned in Siberia. She came to the States, became a citizen and took her newly acquired right to vote extremely seriously. She read several papers a day, stayed abreast of the issues, never missed a chance to vote. She often took me to the polls with her, which made me feel very important.
During my second year in college I participated in Freedom Summer, a massive voter registration drive organized by SNCC, the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee. That year, untold numbers of African Americans in the South were turned away and beaten when they attempted to register to vote. And three young men, fellow members of SNCC, were killed in Mississippi trying to make it possible for all people to exercise their right to vote.
I was assigned to Kentucky where I went door to door talking with black field hands and white coal miners. We were sponsored by a local Baptist Church, which fed us and turned over the basement for us to sleep in. We were idealistic, earnest kids from all over the country, black and white together, just like the song. Those were heady soulful times.
I remember so vividly knocking on the screen door of one particular flimsy shack. A woman answered. She was dripping in children - they were in her arms, hanging onto to her skirt, hiding behind her back, and in her belly. I started in on my whole spiel about the importance of voting, and at a certain point she cut me off to explain that she was not old enough to vote. She had five and a half kids and she wasn't yet 18. What a powerful blast of reality that was for this 18-year old.
During the entire decade of my 20s, I was an active worker for civil rights, peace in Viet Nam and women's rights. I have been jailed twice, beaten by a policeman once, shot at once, threatened with a bomb once, and tear gassed way too many times. But never did I sacrifice and suffer anywhere near the deprivation and deep brutality as did the amazing women who fought for the cause of female suffrage in this country 90 years ago.
Cautious, careful people, always casting about to preserve their reputation and social standing, never can bring about a reform. Those who are really in earnest must be willing to be anything or nothing in the world's estimation, and publicly and privately, in season and out, avow their sympathy with despised and persecuted ideas and their advocates, and bear the consequences.
- Susan B. Anthony
Voting is a right that was hard won. For this, in this season of gratitude, let us be thankful.
With blessings for a truly democratic way of life,
During the First World War, a group of Suffragists held a series of demonstrations where they picketed in front of Woodrow Wilson's White House demanding the vote for women. One particularly radical banner read:
Have you forgotten your sympathy for the poor
Germans because they were not self-governed?
20,000,000 women are not self-governed.
Police reaction was swift and the innocent and defenseless women were taken into custody.
Some were transferred to an abandoned workhouse located at Occoquan, Virginia. There, the women staged hunger strikes, and were brutally force-fed and otherwise treated violently.
The high point of their infamous treatment was the "Night of Terror" on November 15, 1917, when the warden at the Occoquan Workhouse in Virginia ordered his guards to teach the offending females a lesson.
Feminist writer Sonia Pressman Fuentes documents this orgy of police violence thus:
"By the end of the night, they were barely alive. Forty prison guards wielding clubs and their warden's blessing went on a rampage against the thirty-three womenwrongly convicted of 'obstructing sidewalk traffic.'
They beat Lucy Burns, chained her hands to the cell bars above her head and left her hanging for the night, bleeding and gasping for air.
They hurled Dora Lewis into a dark cell, smashed her head against an iron bed and knocked her out cold. Her cellmate, Alice Cosu, thought Lewis was dead and suffered a heart attack. Additional affidavits describe the guards grabbing, dragging, beating, choking, slamming, pinching, twisting and kicking the women.
For weeks, the women's only water came from an open pail. Their food - all of it colorless slop - was infested with worms.
When one of the leaders, Alice Paul, embarked on a hunger strike, they tied her to a chair, forced a tube down her throat and poured liquid into her until she vomited. She was tortured like this for weeks until word was smuggled out to the press."
I recently rented Iron Jawed Angels, an HBO film, which chronicles the battle these women waged on the behalf of the rights of women and the cruel treatment they endured for their efforts. What an inspiring, albeit upsetting, story of courage and determination.
Apparently, Woodrow Wilson and his cronies attempted to get Alice Paul committed to an insane asylum so that she could no longer organize for her cause. To his credit, the psychiatrist who they tried to persuade to do the dirty deed refused outright. He declared Alice Paul to be strong and brave, which did not make her crazy! He scolded the men, "Courage in women is often mistaken for insanity."
Resolved, that the women of this nation in 1876, have greater cause for discontent, rebellion and revolution than the men of 1776.
- Susan B. Anthony
America's First Female Voter
Lydia Chapin was born on February 2, 1712 in the Massachusetts Colony ruled by the British. As a child she learned the trades that her mother and her grandmother taught her, which included farming, flax weaving, childrearing and education, the making of clothing, and home economics.
In 1731 she married Josiah Taft and became known as Lydia Chapin Taft. She bore eight children between 1732 and 1753: Josiah, Ebenezer who died at 3 months, Caleb who died at 18, Asahel, Joel who died at the age of five, another Joel, who died at one year of age, Bazaleel and Chloe.
Josiah was a prominent landowner, a farmer, a soldier, a local official, and a Massachusetts legislator, and Lydia was a colonial mother and homemaker. The untimely death of her husband opened the door for Lydia's step into American history as a pioneer of women's suffrage.
She earned this right when a very important town meeting was held in 1756 to discuss funding for the French and Indian War. Lydia was given Josiah's proxy to vote because she was the executor of the Taft estate, which was very large and could contribute greatly to the war effort. She voted to appropriate funds to the regiments.
On October 30, 1756 Lydia Chapin Taft voted in an official New England Open Town Meeting, at Uxbridge, Massachusetts, making her the first recorded legal woman voter in America 164 years before women's suffrage became legal in all of the country.
The early town records demonstrate at least two other occasions when Lydia voted in official Uxbridge Town meetings, in 1758 to reduce the highway rates and again in 1765 to change her school district. She died at Uxbridge in 1778, shortly after U.S. independence.
The only other known claimant to the title of America's first legal Woman Voter was Margaret Brent of Maryland Colony, who tried to assert property rights and to vote in 1647. However her petition was denied by the Governor.
It would be many years before another American woman would become the next pioneer in the history of women's suffrage. Over half a century later, another Massachusetts woman, Abby Kelley Foster, who belonged to the Quaker Meeting at Uxbridge, would lead two later famous suffragists, Susan B. Anthony, and Lucy Stone into the anti-slavery movement, where they began their careers as agitators for human rights.
Lydia Chapin Taft's historic vote and her role in the history of women's suffrage was recognized by the Massachusetts legislature on April 1, 2004, when they approved An Act Designating State Highway Route 146A in the town of Uxbridge as the Lydia Taft Highway, a fitting honor for first trekker on the road to women's freedom.
A Vote For A Oaxacan Lily
Despite the fact that she has been threatened with death, persecuted by several groups and constantly watched by the federal police who protect her life, Eufrosina Cruz describes herself as the "freest woman in the entire world."
She is only 29 years old, but a true Queen if ever there was one. Eufrosina was born in a place where being an indigenous woman is to be nothing. In the Mexican state of Oaxaca women are not considered to be humans, but property, and are not listed in the official rolls of citizens.
Feminism is the radical notion that women are people.
- Cheris Kramarae and Paula Treichler
Eufrosina Cruz stepped into the international limelight in 2007 when she was elected mayor of her town in Oaxaca, the first woman to be elected to such a post. But the men of her community revolted, deciding that she did not have the right to the position, because she was a woman and not allowed to vote or run for office. They tore up all the ballots naming her and revoked the election.
"We must change that because they only use this kind of rule for political convenience and interest. This kind of unwritten law has been hurting us since centuries ago. There is no romanticism in them, not when they are attacking our human rights."
Last year she formed the organization Quiego, where she teaches women to give value to their own voices. Quiego is now helping women not only in Oaxaca, but in at least ten Mexican provinces with large indigenous populations and high levels of poverty.
Quiego sponsors empowering workshops and conferences. As a result, women are beginning to embrace their Self-esteem and dare to make their own life decisions.
"I discovered that nobody will change that but us, ourselves, and I want to teach other women that we have to stop being afraid to denounce, afraid to raise our voice, to call out for our rights"
According to Eufrosina, this phenomenon is also changing the men around all these brave women.
"It is incredible the big changes that now we can see among the communities. Definitely when you change a woman you change a family, then a town, and step by step we can change the entire country. Education changes everything, even the machismo, because when a woman decides to change, everything changes around her."
Eufrosina Cruz has begun a real revolution among indigenous women. The symbol of their movement is the Cala Lily, which grows naturally in Oaxaca and was popularized by Diego River in his paintings.
"We chose the white lily because nobody notes her beauty, because she is natural and resistant, strong and fragile at the same time. Wherever I go, I offer this flower to remind the others that indigenous women are exactly like these indigenous lilies."
Information adapted from an article in World Pulse magazine by Xthina-Avila.
I think it's about time we voted
for senators with breasts.
we've been voting for boobs
- Clarie Sargent, Arizona senatorial candidate
Timeline of Worldwide Women's Suffrage
In 1920, the United States became the 30th country in the world to extend voting rights to women. In addition to the fascinating information, this list offers some real surprises. For example, women could not vote in Switzerland until 1971! There is still no suffrage for women in Saudi Arabia.
1838 - Pitcairn Islands
1881 - Isle of Man
1893 - Cook Islands, New Zealand
1902 - Australia
1906 - Finland
1913 - Norway
1915 - Denmark, Iceland
1917 - Canada, Russian SFSR
1918 - German Austria, Azerbaijan Democratic Republic, Estonia, Democratic Republic of Georgia, Germany, Hungarian Democratic Republic, Kyrgyz SSR, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, United Kingdom, Ireland
1919 - Belarusian People's Republic, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Sweden, Ukrainian SSR, Belgium
1920 - Principality of Albania, Czechoslovakia (Today: Czech Republic, Slovakia), United States
1921 - Armenian SSR
1922 - Burma
1924 - Kazakh SSR, Mongolian People's Republic, Tajik SSR, Turkmen SSR
1927 - Uruguay
1929 - Ecuador, Puerto Rico
1930 - Union of South Africa, Turkey, Greece
1931 - Brazil, Portugal, Spain, Ceylon (Today: Sri Lanka)
1932 - Maldives, Thailand
1934 - Cuba
1935 - Chile
1937 - Philippines
1938 - Bolivia, Kingdom of Bulgaria, Kingdom of Romania, Uzbek SSR
1939 - El Salvador
1941 - Panama
1942 - Dominican Republic
1943 - Lebanon
1944 - Bermuda, France, Jamaica
1945 - Indonesia, Japan, Senegal, Togo, Yugoslavia (Today: Serbia, Montenegro, Croatia, Slovenia, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Macedonia)
1946 - British Cameroons (Today: Cameroon), Djibouti, Guatemala, Italy, Liberia, North Korea, Trinidad and Tobago, Venezuela, Vietnam
1947 - Argentina, Union of India, Malta, Mexico, Pakistan, Singapore, Taiwan
1948 - Israel, South Korea, Niger, Seychelles, Dutch Guiana (Today: Suriname)
1949 - China, Costa Rica, Hong Kong, Syria,
1950 - Barbados, Haiti
1951 - British Leeward Islands (Today: Antigua and Barbuda, British Virgin Islands, Montserrat, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Anguilla), British Windward Islands (Today: Grenada, St Lucia, St Vincent and the Grenadines, Dominica, Nepal
1952 - Côte d'Ivoire
1953 - Bhutan, Guyana
1954 - British Honduras (Today: Belize), Colombia, Ghana
1955 - Kingdom of Cambodia, Ethiopia (Then including Eritrea), Honduras, Nicaragua, Peru
1956 - Dahomey (Today: Benin), Comoros, Egypt, Gabon, Mali, Mauritius, Somalia
1957 - Federation of Malaya (Today: Malaysia), Southern Rhodesia (Today: Zimbabwe)
1958 - Upper Volta (Today: Burkina Faso), Chad, Guinea, Kingdom of Laos, Nigeria
1959 - Brunei, Madagascar, San Marino, Tanzania, Tunisia
1960 - Bahamas, Cyprus, Gambia, Tonga
1961 - Burundi, Malawi, Mauritania, Paraguay, Rwanda, Sierra Leone
1962 - Algeria, Monaco, Uganda, Zambia
1963 - Kingdom of Afganistan, The Republic of Congo, Equatorial Africa, Fifi, Iran, Kenya, Morocco
1964 - Kingdom of Libya, Papua New Guinea, Sudan
1965 - Botswana, Lesotho
1967 - Zaire (Today: Democratic Republic of the Congo), Kiribati, Tuvalu, South Yemen
1968 - Nauru, Swaziland
1970 - Andorra
1971 - Switzerland
1972 - Bangladesh
1973 - Bahrain
1974 - Jordan, Solomon Islands
1975 - People's Republic of Angola, Cape Verde, People's Republic of Mozambique, São Tomé and Príncipe, Vanuatu
1977 - Guinea-Bissau
1978 - Moldova
1979 - Marshall Islands, Federated States of Micronesia, Palau
1980 - Iraq
1984 - Liechtenstein
1986 - Central African Republic
1989 - Namibia
1997 - Qatar
2002 - Timor-Leste
2003 - Oman
2005 - Kuwait
2006 - United Arab Emirates
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Letters In Response To The October 2010 Issue:
I love your newsletter and feel the work you are doing is valuable and important! However, as a longtime journalist, I must call your attention to an inadvertent error in the October 2010 issue of The Queen's Chronicles. The International Council of 13 Indigenous Grandmothers is NOT the same as the grandmothers who are exhorting us to Cast the Net of Light over the waters. The latter is something called the Great Council of Grandmothers, and they are channeled beings who give messages to Sharon McErlane (as McErlane explains on her website and in her two books). The former is, as you wrote in a previous issue of The Chronicles, a flesh-and-blood council of medicine women and shamans from around the world who came together as a result of shared prophecy. I should also say I have had direct contact with the International Council of 13 Indigenous Grandmothers when I wrote about them for Ode Magazine last year. I have to tell you, the only reason I know the difference is because a friend sent me the Net of Light material (which I loved) a little while ago, and I too got very confused, as I'd already written about the 13 Indigenous Grandmothers and attended one of their councils, and I couldn't figure out if these were the same women. So I did some digging around on the various websites and figured out that they weren't. But I bet it's a very commonly made mistake! Again, many thanks for the good work you are putting forth. I salute you and all my fellow Queens!
- Diana, NM
Thanks for setting me straight. I won't perpetuate my confusion! It is great to know there are spirit grandmothers as well as flesh and blood ones to guide us toward a more reverent way of living.
Thank you for a great newsletter. May I quote the part about the crone and mythology in an upcoming article I am writing?
- Mari, VA
Of course, Mari. Do feel free to quote any of my work as long as you give credit. I appreciate the exposure to your circles.
It is my pleasure to be able to make a donation to help you and your work. I miss your circles so much that my gift to you helps me feel connected. Keep well and continue to make a beautiful difference in the world. All blessings to you, dear giver of Queenly blessings to the world.
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Thank you! Thank you! Thank you so much!
Thank you for your newsletter. This one was right on at this particular time of the year. Everyone talking of the holidays coming up, and other things as well, like the political climate. Although I am very busy, the poor need a helping hand more than ever. Even though everyone is still working very hard on these issues, sometimes it's hard to pay attention to our spiritual selves. Peace & Blessings!
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Thank you Mama Donna! I so appreciate your in-depth wisdom and understanding and elucidating meaning in festivals and rituals and daily life. Blessings!
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Letters In Response To The September 2010 Issue:
Beautiful work. I just wanted to point out that in the course of chastising our so-called "civilization" for losing touch with natural cycles, you come across (unintentionally, I suspect), as thoroughly approving of human sacrifice. A disclaimer of some sort would have been helpful. We're all going into the Earth eventually, that's sacrifice enough. No need to rush things by cutting anybody's head off.
- Annie, NY
There was a letter from a reader to this effect in the last issue, as well. To be clear, I repeat: I definitely do not approve of human sacrifice, or any other form of violence. You are right. I certainly did not mean to come across as condoning killing. But I do try to understand the primal psychological impulses behind cultural practices.
I appreciate your response to my letter about human sacrifice. Thanks for the explanation. I do think that human sacrifice is one the ways the good old days were not so good:-) I've always been horrified at the Aztecs and their bloody ways, but my own people, the Celts had some nasty practices as well, as well as some beautiful customs. Cheers!
- Maryanne, NJ
Letters In Response to articles in the Huffington Post:
Thank you, How glad I am that you are a contributor to this great publication - yet another feather in your already ornate tiara.
- Christine, NY
This article was really wonderful as all of your articles are!! I am one quarter Sicilian so I enjoyed hearing about I Morti. Thank you so very, very much for all your wisdom. Blessings and gratitude,
- Gail, CT
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Kudos to the Queens!
We extend hearty congratulations to our multi-talented circle of Sister Queens for their impressive accomplishments and successes.
Real genius is nothing else but the supernatural virtue of humility in the domain of thought.
- Simone Weil
Nancy Azara, NY; c. bangs, NY; Judith Bernstein, NY; Linda Cummings, NY; Lauren Curtis, NJ; Joyce Cutler-Shaw, CA; Swaha Devi, NY; Janet Goldner, NY; Karen Guancione, NJ; Barbara Hammer, NY; Ana Mendieta (R.I.P.); Gail Rothschild, NY; Robin Tewes, NY; Linda Vallejo, CA; Martha Wilson, NY; on the exhibitions of their work.
Jo Carson, CA; Lisa Cory, NY; Carrie Lovelace, NY; Linda Montano, NY; Alison Pou, NY; Pamela Sneed, NY; Elizabeth Claire Taylor, NY; on their performances and/or performances of their work.
Barbara Biziou, NY; The Joy of Family Rituals (Book: new paperback edition); Deborah Roth, NY, Circle of One: The Art of Becoming a Self-Centered Woman (E-book); Vila Spiderhawk, PA, Forest Song: Little Mother (Book); Diane Torr, Scotland (with Stephen Bottoms), Sex, Drag and Male Roles: Investigating Gender as Performance (Book), on their new publications.
Pauline Oliveros, NY, on being the first woman to receive Columbia University's William Schuman Award for her lifetime achievement.
Shelley Ackerman, NY, on her recent television appearances.
Anne Schneider, Esq., NY, on her new job.
Randi Anderson, NY, on the launch of her new business.
Saundra Mandel, CA on her retirement.
I wanted to share some good news with you. On October 21, 2010, my partner Jane and I got legally married in Council Bluffs, Iowa. We chose that date because it was our 23rd anniversary. We live in Colorado where there is no marriage equality (in fact the state constitution has an amendment banning same sex marriage) ...nonetheless. ... We decided to get legally married in Iowa anyway, to honor our life-long commitment and also to take a political stance for marriage equality. We were married by a judge at the county courthouse in Council Bluffs (right across the river from Omaha, NE). Two of our dear friends who live in Albuquerque. NM flew in to be our witnesses. It was a very moving and amazing moment for us. We could barely get our vows out from holding back the tears of joy. To think that after all these years we could be legally married (somewhere) in our own country. We carried the love of family and friends in our hearts with us as we stood before the judge that day and made our long-standing marriage LEGAL, at long, long last.
- Queen Mary Immaculata, Mary Saracino, CO
Send your good news, achievements, accomplishments, successes and celebrations so that our international circle of sovereign sisters can send you blessings and accolades.
And we are glad to so. It is a joy and a privilege to share in the fortune of another woman. I recently heard Oprah say the saddest thing ever - "The hardest thing about being successful is having someone to be glad for you."
It takes a centered and confident Queen to break that pattern. There are 60 million thrones out there. One for each of us. There is plenty of purpose, passion and power for us all. May we use it well!
It is important that you recognize your progress and take pride in your accomplishments. Share your achievements with others. Brag a little. The recognition and support of those around you is nurturing.
- Rosemarie Rossetti
Circle of Concern
Please Offer Your Purest Thoughts, Your Heart-Felt
Prayers, Your Great Good Feelings, And Your Very Best Blessings For Healing and Peace of Mind To:
Alice, NY; Amy, NY; Ann, NY; Anne, NY; Annie, MA; Betty, AL; Carol, NY; Carol, PA; Cat, NY; Chrissie, NY; Dana, CA; Dominique, NM; Edie, PA; Ellen, NY; Erica, England; Erica, NY; Gail, OH; Geraldine, ID; Glenys, Australia; Helena, NY; Jo, AZ; Kathy, RI; Kimberly, CA; Kimi, NJ; Laura, NY; Laurie, CA; Letitia, VA; Linda, NY; Lisa, PA; Lucia, TX; Matild Cathy, NY; Nancy, NY; Naomi, DC; Pearl, NY; Randy, MA; Sarah, CT, Sheri, NY, Sid, PA; Shirley, IN; Smriti, CA; Teresa, NY; Terry, CA and Yvette, NY who are in the process of healing themselves from illness, accident, injury or surgery.
Erica, CT; Kimberly, NY; Kimi, NJ; Linda, NY; Meryl, NY; Patricia, Australia and Regi, CA who would benefit greatly from some spiritual support.
Amy, NY; Chrys, NY; Erica, England; Gail, NY; Kayla, NY; Lee, NJ; Lois, NY; Nancy, NC and Roslyn, NJ, the caregivers who are in weary need of care themselves.
May Their Spirits Rest in Peace:
Betty Fairchild, TX
Elaine Koster, NY
With Sincere Condolences:
Heather Cramer, NC
Becky Latka, NE
I am on a new adventure and need to be added to the Circle of Concern list of prayers. On Sept. 19 fell on a beautiful hike and broke my two ankles, one badly. I had a 34-day stay at the hospital with a 10-day hiatus at a nursing home. Oh boy I had worked hard on feeling better from the very challenging Winter that I had gone through and had attained my goal by doing a week of 'interior tourism,' my idea of going away into retreat without going away and starting my big installation One Thousand Arms of Compassion. It's amazing the number of people in my experience who are being challenged one way or another at this very transformative, if difficult time.
- Dominique, NM
My religion is very simple. My religion is kindness.
- Judy Blume
Please send your requests for physical and spiritual healing and positive energy so that the powerful women of The Queen's Court might send their prayers and blessings to you in your time of need.