09/26/2012 11:32 am ET Updated Sep 26, 2012

Now And Then: Women Voters

Today is National Voter Registration Day! The countdown has begun to the presidential election, and with 42 days left to go, now's the time to make sure you're registered to vote — go to GottaVote.com to register and see if your state is eligible for early voting.

Thanks to the women's suffrage movement in the 19th and early 20th centuries, Congress passed the 19th amendment in 1919, giving American women the right to vote in our country. Our female ancestors fought hard for our right to have our voices heard, so let's make 'em proud. With women's health care and abortion rights being significant issues this election season, casting our ballots on Nov. 6 (or in some cases, earlier) is especially important. In fact, First Lady Michelle Obama is taking our readers' questions on topics important to women this election, so be sure to ask yours!

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