Santa Fe student honors women’s right to vote with musical

Standing in the center of the Capitol Rotunda, outfitted in a sash reading “Votes for women,” 14-year-old Fionnuala Moore lifted her voice. “Don’t you realize all that we will do,” she sang with a group of peers from Santa Fe Prep, their words echoing Thursday afternoon through the Roundhouse. During a celebration of New Mexico’s vote to ratify the 19th Amendment 100 years ago this month, Moore performed two of the 27 songs from her self-written musical The Right to Vote. The play, which honors women suffragists from the 1900s, is meant to outline how far the U.S. has come in terms of equality, while also serving as a reminder. “We still have,” the high school freshman said, “a long way to go.”

Moore said she hopes her musical will inspire women in Santa Fe and beyond to continue lifting their voices and fighting for change.

‘Stand with Women’ on this Women’s Equality Day

Rey Garduño represents Albuquerque city council District 6. This opinion piece is also signed by Democratic State Representatives Georgene Louis and Patricia Roybal-Caballero. As we celebrate Women’s Equality Day across the country today, a day commemorating the 1920 passage of the 19th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, granting women the right to vote, let us also pause and consider the significant work ahead. Particularly in our beloved state of New Mexico, women and families continue to shoulder more than their fair share of the burden of our state’s struggles with poverty and child well-being. Women, particularly women of color, are most negatively impacted by almost every existing economic policy.