The Privilege of a Right

By: Alana Adams
By: Alana Adams

More women than men will head to the polls this year, especially for the presidential election. Thursday celebrates the 84-year anniversary of a woman's right to vote, a right most women are not letting go to waste.

Jessica Ploman has been voting since she was 19 years old and says, "It's something that I look at people and I think why don't you exercise your right to vote? Because people always haven't always had that right."

In Bay County, there are 5,000 more registered women voters than men. In fact, 57 percent of undecided voters in Florida are women, making them a target audience for both parties.

Vanessa Donovan says women are different than men at the polls and in everyday life.

"Women are real concerned about the issues and they really do pay attention to politics."

Harriet Myers says things have only been better since women were given the chance to vote.

"Sometimes women have a different perspective on what the problems are in the world and that's why the reasons, it's important women have the vote."

Candidates are also interested in the marriage gap. Most married women say they they'll vote for President Bush while 60 percent of unmarried women are likely to vote for John Kerry.

Donovan says once you're married a woman's perspective changes when looking a person's character.

"Maybe it's because married women really like a man that you can trust?"

Myers says marriage has its place in politics, but it shouldn't divide.

"Maybe that's implying that Democrats don't approve of marriage? Democrats, of course, now most of us are married."

From wedding bells to ballots, a woman's voice is getting louder and getting heard.


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