“Remember the Ladies”

30 Mar

Letter writing has proven to be an effective form of activism since the creation of our country. Literally. Check out this image below, the famous letter from Abigail Adams to her husband, with the simple yet urgent request to include women into The Declaration of Independence. If only he had listened to her wisdom, maybe we wouldn’t be dealing with this deep-rooted gender inequality hundreds of years later.

I’ve always been a huge fan of writing letters to those in power as a means of social change. I think that it is an activist tactic that defies economic class, social status, and race issues. There are obviously some forms of oppression that sneak their way into even this simple act, like those who do not obtain as much knowledge as others to even complete a well-written letter and find the correct way to reach their recipient. Aside from a few technicalities here and there, most anyone can write a letter to someone. Especially in our modern digital age, it’s become easier and easier to get in touch with people we normally wouldn’t be able to; emailing is even less expensive than the 44 cents it costs to mail a physical letter.

So, in honor of Abigail Adams and her courageous attempt to encourage her reluctant hubby to “remember the ladies,” remember that letter writing is a kick-ass form of activism. The next time you feel frustrated or overwhelmed with a larger issue, remember to write a letter to your local representative or national figurehead. A simple, personal statement can make the largest of issues seem that much smaller and more feasible to conquer.

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6 Responses to ““Remember the Ladies””

  1. kiana March 31, 2011 at 2:54 am #

    how about this letter?

    dear mr. trump,
    you’re a racist old white man. where’s your birth certificate?
    -kiana

  2. Krystie March 31, 2011 at 7:59 pm #

    Kiana: you should actually write him a letter! If everyone wrote in letters to Donald Trump asking him not to run for President, maybe you could spark some kind of movement. I don’t have much information to give you, but here’s a link to the generic “Contact Us” section of his website: http://www.trump.com/Contact_Us/Contact_Us.asp. Good luck!

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