Recently, when I mentioned the 100th anniversary of the 19th Amendment, it was surprising how many didn't know what it was.

On Aug. 18, 1920, Tennessee cast the deciding vote granting women the right to vote. Specifically, the 19th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution “prohibits the states and the federal government from denying the right to vote to citizens of the United States on the basis of sex.”

Lately, all we seem to hear is Democrat vs. Republican, and I’m not just talking about in the news. I (personally) don’t want to be defined by the party that I affiliate with.

So many women fought to give me the right to vote — to prove that women could think for themselves, to make intelligent decisions, to be able to go to the polls and vote their conscience, not their party.

But, most of all, to be able to vote.

Cheryl R. Razey, Smethport

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