I walked with the Peace Readers in the July 4 parade, a route of just a little over a mile on that hot afternoon. I salute one and all who participated.

Earlier, on June 9 in Portland, members of four women’s organizations marched, chanted and sang in the Rose Festival’s Grand Floral Parade, and walked its 4.3 miles. The organizations were the American Association of University Women (AAUW) of Oregon, the Center for Women, Politics and Policy, the League of Women Voters Oregon (LWVOR), and the Oregon Commission for Women.

The lead walkers carried a 3-x-7 foot banner declaring, “Celebrating 100 years of suffrage for Oregon women 1912 -2012” and all dressed in 1912 reproductions of styles suffragettes wore a century ago when striving to gain the right to vote.

Most likely Portland’s June 9 was not as warm as the Basin’s July Fourth, but whatever the weather, the 20th century suffragettes endured more hardships than heat and sore feet — like humiliations, financial strains, persecutions, and degradations.

Ladies, let’s thank those women (and men) who prevailed 100 years ago and gave us the right to vote. If you aren’t registered, what are you waiting for? I recently completed an imaginary registration at the clerk’s office (Government Building, 305 Main St.). It took me two, maybe three minutes, and the clerk’s staff was most helpful.

The League of Women Voters Oregon is a grassroots, nonpartisan political organization that encourages informed and active participation in government in order to build better communities. In LWV materials, you won’t read for whom to vote. What you’ll find are perspectives and pros/cons of issues with national, state, and local importance.

One hundred years of an invaluable right  — the right to vote. Register, then check-out League’s VOTE411.org, and be informed.

Barbara Turk

Secretary

League of Women Voters Klamath County