To those who have gone before in the fight for women’s rights — thank you!

I am very appreciative of the many efforts, over the years, to advance the rights of women. I am grateful for the right to vote, for the right to own property, for the right to earn equal wages (even if we’re not really there yet), and the many other advances that have been made for women. And although I am a firm advocate of the importance of strong families, I am grateful that women can legally file for divorce. Sometimes I think couples are too quick to embrace that solution when things become difficult in the marriage, but there are times when divorce is the only  viable solution. And I am glad that women have that option.

As I study the history of the various women’s movements, I am awed by the dedication of the women who led the fight. They were jailed, beaten and suffered continual verbal assaults. Their strong belief in their cause was obvious, and those of us who follow need to remember the sacrifices it took to pass the laws necessary for those advances.

I have expressed my gratitude in a poem titled, “Thank You for Knowing,” that is included under “Published Poems” (to the right of the page).

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About Lorraine Jeffery

Lorraine Jeffery earned her bachelor’s degree in English and her MLIS in library science, and managed public libraries in Texas, Ohio and Utah for over twenty years. She has won poetry prizes in state and national contests and has published over thirty poems in various publications, including Clockhouse, Kindred, Calliope, Ibbetson Street,and Rockhurst Review. She has published short stories in War Cry, The Standard and Segullah. Her articles have appeared in Focus on the Family, Mature Years, and Utah’s Senior Review, as well as other publications.. She is the mother of ten children (eight adopted) and currently lives with her husband in Orem, Utah.

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