The "shoes" in shoes and interiors to match is not only a literal use of the word, but also a metaphor for the places we go and things we do in our shoes. We work, go to school, volunteer, shop, walk, run, drive, take care of our families, stomp our feet in protest (maybe that's just me) and our shoes go along for the ride. I wanted to dedicate this entry to all the women who have come before us. Those who marched, carried signs, and fought for our right to vote and our rights as women. We must never forget those women who walked on our behalf. In heels no less.
Ratified on August 18, 1920, the 19th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution granted American women the right to vote—a right known as woman suffrage. At the time the U.S. was founded, its female citizens did not share all of the same rights as men, including the right to vote. It was not until 1848 that the movement for women's rights launched on a national level with a convention in Seneca Falls. Following the convention, the demand for the vote became a centerpiece of the women's rights movement. After a 70-year battle, these groups finally emerged victorious with the passage of the 19th Amendment.
Planned Parenthood dates its beginnings to 1916 when Margaret Sanger, her sister, and a friend open America's first birth control clinic in Brooklyn, New York. In this time in America, women cannot vote, sign contracts, have bank accounts, or divorce abusive husbands. They cannot control the number of children they have or obtain information about birth control, because in the 1870s a series of draconian measures, called the Comstock laws, made contraception illegal and declared information about family planning and contraception "obscene."
By the 1960s, Planned Parenthood is a respected and powerful voice in the movement for women's rights, fighting successfully for increased access to birth control, pushing for the creation and funding of domestic and international family planning programs, and playing a crucial role in the development of the pill and IUD. Let's keep Planned Parenthood up and running. It's up to us now.