Regarding Lisa Backus’ recent letter to the editor, “Democratic women were disgraceful”: I would like to make a suggestion to the writer to understand the history of our community to garner a historical perspective of women wearing white.
Howland Stone Museum in Sherwood would be a great start by viewing their collection of women’s suffrage posters from that era as well as learning about the tenacity of women fighting for a right to vote, a vote that WE cast today as a result. Or, just go to the Equal Rights Heritage Center to be enlightened by central New York’s role in the equal rights and suffrage movements.
Rather than challenge a response from a college professor, try a local grade school student. A look at New York state fourth-grade history curriculum outlines the struggle for rights and equal freedoms by different groups, such as women, not having the same rights as men in the United States. “Students investigate people who took action to bring about change such as Amelia Bloomer, Sojourner Truth, Elizabeth Cady Stanton, Lucretia Mott, Susan B. Anthony, Matilda Joslyn Gage and Elizabeth Blackwell. Students will explore what happened at the convention of Seneca Falls.” (https://www.ixl.com/standards/new-york/social-studies/grade-4)
The writer has a disparaging regard for an individual if they are “democratic.” The polarization of our society and the willingness by citizens to fall into an authoritarian government was amplified in her letter. Lisa did not want congresswomen to wear white representing the suffragettes, be physically/spiritually unattractive to men, seek medical attention from a doctor if it does not agree with her platform, and have the audacity to think Barack Obama was intellectually superior to Donald Trump in any way. There was a great deal of strife packed in her words.
We all need to take a moment to pause and question the foundations of our beliefs.
Lisa does not represent my voice.