*Co-written by The Fit Editors and Aliya Haddon*
The 2020 election is 33 days away.
33 days until you have a chance for your voice to be heard, to make an impact. For most of us, this is our first time voting in a presidential election.
Now more than ever is the time to be politically involved. And that means more than Instagram posts and Twitter memes.
Now is not the time to shy away from difficult conversations. It’s time to engage in dialogues that will allow us to keep educating ourselves and others about what’s at stake.
It’s time to learn from others, expand your viewpoint to consider where those you disagree with are coming from, to think about where your viewpoint comes from and why you are going to vote the way that you will.
While it’s not the law to vote, it is an honor, and one that should be taken with grace and thought.
We have had the opportunity to listen to the candidates’ policies during the first presidential debate.
Aside from examining policies, we as young voters are ultimately responsible for voting for the person we believe will be the most presidential and put the citizens of this country before any kind of personal agenda. It’s time to consider: what kind of future do we want for ourselves as young Americans?
It is important to note that we are not just voting for the president. The president determines who gets nominated to the Supreme Court, which dictates important laws that are oftentimes political in nature.
If you feel strongly about certain laws that are at stake, such as Roe v. Wade, you need to vote with the intention that a ruling like this could change based on the next president’s political views.
Ruth Bader Ginsberg, a former Supreme Court justice, recently passed away after a cherished history of championing for women’s rights and all other forms of equality.
During her 87 years of life she has worked diligently to strike down gender-based discrimination and she did it from the ground up. She has also fought for the LGBTQ community, voting rights, undocumented people, and disabled people.
Ginsberg emphasised throughout her career how gender equality benefits both men and women. Her first attack against gender discrimination was in opposition to a law that disfavored men. With the success of amending a section of the IRS code, she gave men the same caregiving and Social Security rights as women. This set a precedent for all future cases that discriminated on the basis of sex.
Ginsberg argued six sex discrimination cases before the Supreme Court and won five after starting the American Civil Liberties Union’s Women’s Rights Project in 1972.
Ginsberg was also well known for dissenting and standing strong on those decisions. She would wear a collar correlating to each decision she made on the court, and her most famous was her dissent collar.
Ginsberg is renowned for her title as “The Notorious RBG” which is a tribute to her accomplishments and persistence as a fighter for social justice.
Her words to “Fight for the things that you care about, but do it in a way that will lead others to join you,” encompass her poise.
Ginsberg was an inspiring figure and incredible leader who has surely left her mark. She led by example and brought others with her.
Ruth Bader Ginsberg was a monumental part of shaping our country into what it is today. We can thank her by using our imagination to see a better world and work toward that justice.
She said, “Women belong in all places where decisions are being made. It shouldn’t be that women are the exception.”
Take her words to heart, honor her legacy and VOTE!