by Marguerite Kearns

I came up for air recently and then descended into the flow inner space required for creative work. Film is a demanding and labor-intensive pursuit. And it’s also dynamic and addictive.

I’ve been combining film with writing, especially the book due for publication in 2021, “The Unfinished Revolution,” a memoir and family history about my activist grandparents and the intergenerational activism in my family. The work is based on a love story, just as this blog is a labor of love. Stay tuned for more details about the story of Edna and Wilmer Kearns.

People are visually oriented and to get their attention is a constant challenge, which is why a multi-media approach to subject matter like voting is essential.

There’s a great deal in the news these days about the importance of the women’s vote in the 2020 election. Reviewing the comments for blogs and web sites on the issue suggests that women are more discriminating and opinionated about the lay of the land than ever before, especially their voting choices.  The “vote for my candidate who’s not as bad as the other guy” argument doesn’t cut it any more.

On-the-ground organizers for 2020 are concerned about “apathy” among women, among many other things. Political partisans should be worried about the campaign workers of the last presidential election who may not be out drumming up election excitement to the degree they have in the past.

The early women’s rights activists were “there” for us at the turn of the 20th century. They struggled and sacrificed for the vote for 72 years. Let’s be “there” for the suffs now by honoring the vote, using it, supporting women candidates, and expanding our voice and influence in the world beyond the polling place on issues of social justice and freedom.

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