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Benjamin Franklin spoke volumes when he said, “Justice will not be served until those who are unaffected are as outraged as those who are.”

In the recent weeks, we witnessed an outcry from women across the country. They marched, they protested, they stood vigil, they occupied the Congressional building in Washington D.C., and yes, there were arrested. It was a repeat of the Suffragettes experience in the early 1900s demanding equal rights for women. Yes, we were empowered with the right to vote – after 40 years of petitioning the Continental Congress from 1871-1920 – but little else. Susan B. Anthony said it well: “There shall never be another season of silence until women have the same rights men have on this green earth.” It seems that 100 years later our voices, our experiences and our beliefs about equality and justice continue to be met with indifference.

A message to all – We will not be silenced. We will make our voices heard. We will move forward toward women’s equality and justice.

Beth Lincoln

Women Stand Up – St. Helena


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