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Your Voting Story

Gertrude Weil (far left), with other prominent North Carolina suffragists, circa 1910. A man kneels in front of the women, cradling a doll and holding a sign reading "Battalion of Male Sympathizers."
Courtesy of North Carolina Office of Archives and History.

This year—2020—marks the centennial of the 19th Amendment’s ratification and millions of women gaining the right to vote, even as many others were excluded from the franchise. It is also the year of a momentous presidential election in which gender and identity will play a major role. We invite you to reflect on the significance of women’s voting in the past, present, and future using the following prompts:

  1. Describe your first voting experience.
  2. What is your first memory of political engagement? How has your political engagement changed over the course of your life?
  3. What was the most meaningful vote you ever cast?
  4. Do you know of any meaningful voting experiences in your family’s past?
  5. What barriers to voting do you face, if any, and how do they make you feel?

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How to cite this page

Jewish Women's Archive. "Your Voting Story." (Viewed on April 10, 2020) <https://jwa.org/jewishwomenvote>.

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