In January of 1919, Frances Rosemary Browning was born in Baltimore. For me, that year was significant for many reasons. Frances Browning was my grandmother, and in May of 1919, Congress passed the 19th Amendment. My grandmother was schooled through the eighth grade; she left school to help take care of her family. Though she was not able to attend school long, education was extremely important to my grandmother. I have fond memories of sitting in her kitchen completing my homework or reading a book.

My grandmother also took her right to vote seriously. I remember driving to the polls with my mother and my grandmother. Three generations of women, all born in an era where women could vote. I continue that voting tradition. I remember taking my two children with me to the polls and telling them how important it was to vote.

And now my granddaughter is eight years old. She has many positive female role models who are engaged in our election process and who serve as elected officials. Chloe has helped write post cards and put out signs during a few election seasons. She has even written letters to elected officials. Chloe knows that her voice will be heard.

It is my hope that all women will exercise their right to vote in this upcoming election. Many women have paved the way to enable us to do so and we honor them by casting our votes. Our past, present, and future democracy depends on our votes.

Lois A. Jarman is a member of the Frederick County Board of Education.

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Thank you for this opinion piece, it's very important to remember women were not always granted these rights. People fought and died for our right to vote, use it. The 19th Amendment granting women the right to vote was passed only a short 101 years ago. Black women and latinx women did not get a guaranteed right to vote until 1965 (!!!) with the passage of the Voting Rights Act. It's all of our civic responsibility to vote, but let us also pause and remember we stand on the shoulders of the women who came before us who never gave up and demanded equal rights under the law. #usethe19th VOTE


I hope everyone votes and I see no reason to try and get people to vote by race or sex. Everyone should take the civic duty of voting serious. If not how do we end up with someone in office that reflects the way everyone wants the elected official to operate.




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