Suffrage: noun, the right to vote. (can also indicate an issue that is legally eligible to be brought to a vote)
US citizens have a strong legacy of suffrage advocates to thank for our democratic freedom today. After all, voting booths weren't always as welcoming as they are now. Consider these voting rights milestones:
Sex: After an impassioned Women's Suffrage movement, females in the US finally got the vote when the 19th Amendment was ratified on August 1920.
Race: The 15th Amendment, passed in February 1870, ensured that no one would be denied the right to vote based on race.
Age: The 26th Amendment to the constitution (July, 1971) ensured that anyone 18 or older would not be denied the right to vote based on age.
To ensure that the actions of those banner-waving, ballot-changing activists don't go in vain, go on and exercise your right to vote.