Wednesday, August 13, 2008

National Women's Hall of Fame, Seneca Falls, NY

When we walked towards the

outside wall, where The

Declaration of Sentiments

is engraved in stone, the

sound of water running

over the words slowed

our pace as we paused to read,

and press our hands to the words:

“We hold these truths to be self-evident,

that all Men and Women are created equal.”

Inside, we are stunningly

greeted by life-size bronze

statues of women, still

not famous enough for

writing and signing the

declaration in 1848.

It took seventy-two

more years before

women would obtain

the right to vote for a

president in their home country.

Women, tourists, who don’t even

know one another, look into each

other’s welled-up eyes,

and help us all swallow the

gagging lumps in our throats.