Forward in Courage

Dear friends,suffrage rally edited

The day before Woodrow Wilson’s inauguration as president, on March 3, 1913, 8000 women from the National American Woman Suffrage Association, representing every state, marched in Washington, DC to call for a constitutional amendment granting women the right to vote. Jeannette Rankin was in that parade and it drew hundreds of thousands of spectators. Back then, some of the marchers were attacked by onlookers, but they marched on and successfully catapulted the nation’s attention to the issue of women’s rights. This weekend, many of you will be in Washington DC, Helena and cities across the country drawing the nation’s attention to HUMAN rights, the idea that all of us, regardless of color, creed, gender identity, ability or any other label we can think of are entitled to live free of harassment and discrimination in this country. As Jim Wallis has said, “hope is not a feeling; it is a decision”, so thank you for deciding to carry the hopes of this nation into the spotlight. Whether you are marching, singing or watching from home, let us all catch courage from each other — whether that courage is born of strength or whether it is simply the willingness to keep going when you feel vulnerable and overwhelmed…Betsy