By Darlin Santos
8th grade student
I had the opportunity to participate at the Downtown march on August 25 with two of my classmates and teacher, Mrs. Packard. It was a good experience and feeling knowing that there are women of all races and ethnicities supporting each other day by day. Knowing that the city of San José has diversity amongst their leaders gives me the chance to see how women can have a great impact in our society.
There were many great speeches given that encouraged everyone in the crowd to work strongly together to make a difference where it is needed. We overlook the fact that 100 years ago women didn’t have the right to vote and have their opinion valued. That day we celebrated the bravery it took for each individual person to fight for their rights. They spoke out without hesitation because they had support and were not alone in the fight. If it wasn’t for those women such as Susan B. Anthony, Alice Paul, Elizabeth Cady Stanton, Lucy Stone, and Ida B. Wells, we wouldn’t be standing here in 2019 with the ability to do such a simple thing like voting.
Participating in events like these is really eye-opening and a good way to hear what others have to say about the issues going on around us.
In August 2020, we will join others again as we celebrate the 100th Anniversary of the passage of the 19th Amendment, known as the Suffrage Amendment.