Serendipity and Women Suffrage

Woman suffrage headquarters in Upper Euclid Av...

Woman suffrage headquarters in Upper Euclid Avenue, Cleveland–A. (at extreme right) is Miss , President, National League of Women Voters; B. is Judge (holding the flag); C. is Mrs. Malcolm McBride. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

I have to start out by saying I disagree with the definition of serendipity in this link. Serendipity is NOT expecting anything, but rather luckily stumbling upon something wonderful. Yes, to live in a state of serendipity is to be grateful for and recognize those  something wonderfuls that happen to happen. But to constantly expect miracles is a slippery slope of unrealistic expectations that leads to disappointment.

Still WE Party!

The Women who fought for the right to vote did so by sticking to their values not by flowery optimism. We have to be okay with other people not being happy with what we are doing.  I can imagine the husbands reactions to their wives, ranging from “Why would you need to vote? I vote for the both of us.’ to ‘I FORBID YOU!’ as if a woman is a child that needs to be told what to do. (insert sarcasm)  And the men whom must have seen their wife’s vote as an extra vote for his side, it’s like voting twice.  All of these reactions are still present today, for a myriad of issues.

walking to class at University of Mississippi,...

walking to class at University of Mississippi, accompanied by U.S. marshals. According to http://hdl.loc.gov/loc.pnp/cph.3c35515, the men flanking Meredith are U.S. Marshal James McShane (left) and of the Justice Department (right) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Today I celebrate my right to my own opinion!

Another person who was willing to stand up to opposition, James Meredith. On this day in history he was the first African American to attend, and later graduate, University of Mississippi.

Born on June 25, 1933, a former serviceman in the U.S. Air Force, Meredith applied and was accepted to the University of Mississippi in 1962, but his admission was revoked when the registrar learned of his race. A federal court ordered “Ole Miss” to admit him, but when he tried to register on September 20, 1962, he found the entrance to the office blocked by Mississippi Governor Ross Barnett. On September 28, the governor was found guilty of civil contempt and was ordered to cease his interference with desegregation at the university or face arrest and a fine of $10,000 a day. Two days later, Meredith was escorted onto the Ole Miss campus by U.S. Marshals, setting off riots that resulted in the deaths of two students. He returned the next day and began classes. Meredith, who was a transfer student from all-black Jackson State College, graduated the next year. ~http://www.history.com/this-day-in-history/meredith-graduates-from-ole-miss

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