Even More Reasons to Vote

Why Vote? Reasons 1,159 - 1,279\r\rWhat do Madeleine Albright, Ben Nighthorse Campbell, Freddie Mac, Fannie Mae and the Aboriginal novelist Sam Watson have in common? They all play a part in our next 121 reasons to get out and vote.\r\r\r\r\r\rMadeleine Albright\rFormer secretary of state and Georgetown professor\r1159. ..\n

Why Vote? Reasons 1,159 - 1,279What do Madeleine Albright, Ben Nighthorse Campbell, Freddie Mac, Fannie Mae and the Aboriginal novelist Sam Watson have in common? They all play a part in our next 121 reasons to get out and vote.


Madeleine Albright

\nFormer secretary of state and Georgetown professor1159. It is a way responsible citizens have a voice in the conduct of their nation. It is both a responsibility and a privilege.


In November, voters in 24 states will have a chance to weigh in on 39 ballot initiatives that can profoundly change their lives-and their freedom. At their best, initiatives represent direct democracy in action; at their worst, they're the special interests' back door to your ballot. Massachusetts, for example, recently passed a measure to end greyhound racing, while in November, Coloradoans decide whether or not to define a fertilized egg as a human being. It doesn't mention abortion; it just classifies doctors who perform abortions as murderers.On these initiatives, deceptive language is common and catchy names are de rigueur. Arizona's "English for the Children," for example, barred Spanish bilingual education; it also ended funding for native-language lessons on Arizona's Indian reservations. But such wordplay is actually aboveboard, as long as the initiative's actual language is attached to the petition. In other words, if you live in one of those 24 states, read the fine print.

\nSam Watson, Age 56Aboriginal Australian novelist, playwright, activist, and politician. First voted in 1972, five years after all aboriginals were granted the vote.The truth is, the right to vote doesn't give us any real power in a democratic system. In America, the black vote is very powerful, and they've been able to secure their people into key positions. But in Australia, aboriginal people constitute 2.5 percent of the national population. In 1972, I approached voting with mixed feelings, but we had the option of voting for a new government-an opposition party, led by Gough Whitlam-and he did a great number of things for aboriginal people.But aboriginals still stand as a sovereign people. We have never ceded sovereignty to the British government. Before James Cook came here, on behalf of the British government, this land was occupied and owned and held by more than 800 separate, autonomous nations; reading some proclamation in a foreign language did nothing to extinguish our sovereign rights.
1200. The artist Chris Jordan was able to recreate the masthead of the U.S. Constitution using 83,000 photographs of the tortured and abused prisoners at Abu Ghraib (see it at

1201. You want to refute the wisdom of crowds. Google Trends shows searches for "Obama" far outpace searches for "McCain."

1202. Bear Stearns.

1203. IndyMac.

1204. Fannie Mae.

1205. Freddie Mac.

1206. Lehman Brothers.

1207. Merrill Lynch.

1208. The next one.

1209-1274. Maybe you don't want each of the 66 paid lobbyists that were working for the McCain campaign in March of 2008 to have an influence on his policies.1275. Your grandparents had to hike barefoot in the snow uphill both ways to vote.1276. Unlike the SAT, leaving an answer blank doesn't work to your advantage.1277. You want to call yourself patriotic without being a hypocrite.


Ben Nighthorse Campbell

\nFormer Colorado senator and first Native American to serve in the Senate1278. There have been many times in recorded history when one vote turned the tide. When women's right to vote was ratified throughout America, the last state to ratify it was Tennessee. The vote came down to a tie on two successive votes. On the third try, one state representative changed his mind and decided to vote for it. That one single person's vote gave Tennessee the final ratification to allow women to vote in America.

\n"Fuck the vote. Seeing friends wearing Obama shirts reminds me of dorks who were bummed about a lack of enthusiasm at our high school and wanted to ‘Bring the Spirit Back!' Do these people really think McCain is that different from Obama? Conservatives voted for Bush to close borders and get a grip on spending. He blew up the borders and spent more than any president in history. Liberals voted for Clinton to throw money around and were willing to pay the taxes to do it. He spent less than anyone and left us with very conservative-friendly profits. You don't know what you're getting."Gavin McInnes, co-founder of Vice magazine and the Street Carnage website\n

This article was produced in partnership with the United Nations to launch the biggest-ever global conversation on the role of cooperation in building the future we want.

When half of the world's population doesn't share the same opportunity or rights as the other half, the whole world suffers. Like a bird whose wings require equal strength to fly, humanity will never soar to its full potential until we achieve gender equality.

That's why the United Nations made one of its Sustainable Development Goals to "Achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls." That goal includes providing women and girls equal access to education and health care, as well as addressing gender-based discrimination and violence against women and girls.

While there is still much work to be done, history shows us that we are capable of making big leaps forward on this issue. Check out some of the milestones humanity has already reached on the path to true equality.

Historic Leaps Toward Gender Equality

1848 The Seneca Falls Convention in New York, organized by Elizabeth Lady Stanton and Lucretia Mott, is the first U.S. women's convention to discuss the oppression of women in sociopolitical, economic, and religious life.

1893 New Zealand becomes the first self-governing nation to grant national voting rights to women.

1903 Marie Curie becomes the first woman to win a Nobel Prize. She is also the only woman to win multiple Nobel Prizes, for Physics in 1903 and Chemistry in 1911.

1920 The 19th Amendment is passed in the U.S. giving women the right to vote in all 50 U.S. states.

1973 The U.S. Open becomes the first major sports tournament of its kind to offer equal pay to women, after tennis star Billie Jean King threatened to boycott.

1975 The first World Conference on Women is held in Mexico, where a 10-year World Plan of Action for the Advancement of Women is formed. The first International Women's Day is commemorated by the UN in the same year.

1979 The UN General Assembly adopts the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW), also known as the "Women's Bill of Rights." It is the most comprehensive international document protecting the rights of women, and the second most ratified UN human rights treaty after the Convention on the Rights of the Child.

1980 Vigdis Finnbogadottir of Iceland becomes the first woman to be elected head of state in a national election.

1993 The UN General Assembly adopts the Declaration on the Elimination of Violence against Women, the first international instrument to explicitly define forms of violence against women and lay out a framework for global action.

2010 The UN General Assembly creates the United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women (UN Women) to speed progress on meeting the needs of women and girls around the world.

2018 The UN and European Union join forces on the Spotlight Initiative, a global, multi-year initiative focused on eliminating all forms of violence against women and girls.

As the UN celebrates its 75th anniversary, it is redoubling its commitment to reach all 17 Sustainable Development Goals, including gender equality. But it will take action and effort from everyone to ensure that women and girls are free from discrimination and violence. Learn more about what is being done to address gender equality and see how you can get involved here.

And join the global conversation about the role of international cooperation in building the future by taking the UN75 survey here.

Let's make sure we all have a say in the future we want to see.

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