Celebrating 100 years of women’s suffrage by recognizing the efforts of the women who got us here

Suffragists parade down Fifth Avenue in New York City, carry placards with over a million signatures, October 31, 1917 (Getty)

Last week marked the 100th anniversary of the ratification of the 19th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, which declares that “the right of citizens of the United States to vote shall not be denied or abridged by the United States or by any State on account of sex.” It took decades of work by generations of Americans to actualize this right, and even then this Amendment did not end the battle for millions of American women who were denied the right to vote for decades to come.

Yet too often, this achievement is either undervalued or taken for granted. For…


The quest to fully realize America’s ideals is never-ending. That’s exactly as it should be.

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Is there a phrase more beautiful, intentional, or aspirational than “a more perfect Union”?

Our Constitution’s preamble doesn’t promise to “form a perfect Union,” which suggests a one-time effort with a definitive end, but “a more perfect Union,” which implies constant striving, constant adjustment, constant commitment.

Every Fourth of July, Americans joyfully celebrate the first step in the formation of our Union. But like every holiday, Independence Day has become somewhat watered down from its true purpose — from celebrating America’s independence from a monarchical system and the recognition of our “unalienable rights” of “life, liberty, and the pursuit of…


The link between the camera and civil rights

Frederick Douglass, circa 1879. (Corbis/Getty)

Frederick Douglass called photography a “democratic art.” In recent years, police interactions, particularly those with black Americans, have received significant attention — and video camera footage of those interactions has been given significant credit for forcing many Americans to reconsider black Americans’ experiences and the possibility of systemic injustice. The camera’s ability to capture the truth has made it a vital tool for demanding and obtaining justice. But this isn’t the first time in American history that the camera has been used to challenge preconceived notions and shift public opinion.

Photography arrived in the United States in 1839 in the…


It turns out that writing an “about me” is much more difficult than I expected it to be, but here goes.

I am a conservative and a feminist. Although I have always believed in limited government, pro-market principles, it was not until the 2016 election season that I realized I could not rely on others to defend and advocate on behalf of the principles I so strongly believe in, I needed to do so myself. And as I identified as a feminist more and more, I understood the importance of listening to, and learning from, others’ experiences. I often felt…


She has not held statewide, federal, or executive office. And she has spent two years delegitimizing election results. This makes her ready to be one heartbeat away from the presidency?

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Stacey Abrams thinks she should be the vice-presidential nominee for the Democratic Party this fall, and she’s going to make sure you know it. She’s been relentlessly and openly campaigning for the position for months, with a noticeable increase now that Joe Biden has become the presumptive nominee.

It’s been quite the journey to this point. On ABC’s The View in March of 2019, Joy Behar asked Abrams about joining a Biden ticket, to which Abrams declared, “I think you don’t run for second place.” Abrams was more favorable to the idea of running for president herself in 2020, and…


Each is devoutly concerned with individual dignity

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Without fail, the question I’ve received most over the years is, “How can you be a conservative and a feminist?”

It’s not surprising that many find this combination impossible. Certainly, people in both movements have contributed to this misconception through public attempts to exclude people like me.

But conservatism and feminism are not incompatible. On the contrary, they share many commonalities stemming from a shared focus on the individual.

Both ideologies emphasize the individual’s dignity, freedom, potential, independence, and self-reliance. They advocate for individualism from the state. …


The Democratic congresswoman’s compassion is admirable, but removing barriers is better than handouts

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In early February, the House Committee on Oversight and Reform held a hearing regarding the Trump administration’s proposed changes to poverty line calculations. During a discussion about the changes, which would affect the number of Americans eligible for food stamps, freshman Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) criticized the idiom “lifting yourself up by your bootstraps”:

Did you know this idea, this metaphor of a bootstrap started out as a joke? Because it’s a physical impossibility to lift yourself up by a bootstrap, by your shoelaces? It’s physically impossible. The whole thing is a joke.

She apparently thought this a particularly worthy…


A NeverTrump conservative on how the Trump presidency changed her opinions of Republicans, Democrats, the media, and herself

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Even as a NeverTrump conservative who thinks Donald Trump is unfit for office, I have to admit there are certain things for which I owe him thanks. His presidency has been both illuminating and catalytic, and it’s shaped my growth while strengthening my own convictions.

For example, I’ve previously admitted Trump’s victory made me realize that before November 8, 2016:

I wasn’t careful about nuance, and, because I felt so strongly and confidently about my own beliefs, I thought what I was saying was more important than how I was saying it. …


Not welcome in the Democratic party; don’t fit in the Republican party either

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“I can no longer in good conscience endorse this person for president. It is some of the most abhorrent and offensive comments that you can possibly imagine. My wife and I, we have a 15-year-old daughter, and if I can’t look her in the eye and tell her these things, I can’t endorse this person.”

Then-Republican congressman Jason Chaffetz said that on October 7, 2016, after a 2005 Access Hollywood recording surfaced in which then-59-year-old Donald Trump discussed attempting to sleep with a married woman and using his fame and status to grab women by the genitals.

Just 19 days…


It’s a personal decision — they have their reasons — not anyone else’s business

Having children is a life-changing experience. Because individuals know their own lives far better than strangers ever could, we should respect their decision to have or not have kids, regardless of our own family preferences. Yet for some reason, people feel it is their place to tell others to have children, how many to have, and when to have them.

In August, BlazeTV podcast host Allie Stuckey appeared on Fox & Friends, discussing a recent Wall Street Journal/NBC News poll that found younger generations place less value on patriotism, religion, and having children than previous generations. …

Sarah Quinlan

Conservative • Feminist • @ArcDigi columnist • Formerly @RedState • “Because I still believe, in spite of everything, that people are truly good at heart”

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