This week marked 100 years since the ratification of the 19th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution earned women the right to vote for generations to come. Although it’s been a century since its ratification, the significance of this right is not lost among LS2group’s politically active, female voters.
“The right to vote truly means everything,” said LS2group Government Affairs Managing Director, Brittany Lumley. “We are so lucky to live in a country where women get to actively participate in government.”
Lumley, along with LS2group Account Coordinator Mariah Kerns, explained how the right to vote has helped them put issues into perspective, as many women around the world, and in marginalized communities, are still silenced today.
“My vote is not just for me,” Kerns said. “I try to keep in mind that I also need to be a voice for the voiceless.”
LS2group Office Manager Nancy Holmes shared how she found herself fighting in 1976 to maintain what may seem like one of the most basic rights today.
“There was a referendum on the ballot to repeal a section of Colorado’s constitution which protected individuals from discrimination based on sex,” Holmes explained. “I was part of the movement that fought back. Due to the way it was worded, you had to vote no.”
In the end, Holmes said the referendum failed but the victory of that failure still resonates with her today.
Government Affairs Associate Taylor Larson also finds herself compelled to use her vote as a voice for others, especially amid these seemingly divisive times.
“The right to vote should be inclusive, not divisive,” Larson explained. “The anniversary of the ratification of the 19th Amendment inspires me daily to stick up for people that don’t have the opportunity to have a voice like I do.”