A Mother's Advice

by
Abby Zimet

Today marks the 90th anniversary of the 19th amendment giving women
the right to vote - we still await the right to parity on the
wage-earning dollar - after decades of struggle and hundreds of state
campaigns. At the end, the vote
came down to Harry Burn's mother, Febb, a Tennessee farmer's widow who
urged her legislator son to "be a good boy" and vote for suffrage.

"I
changed my vote in favor of ratification first because I believe in full
suffrage as a right; second, I believe we had a moral and legal right
to ratify; third, I knew that a mother's advice is always safest for a
boy to follow and my mother wanted me to vote for ratification; fourth, I
appreciated the fact that an opportunity such as seldom comes to a
mortal man to free seventeen million women from political slavery was
mine...." - Harry Burn

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