August 19, 2018

My late grandmother was born in County Kavan, Ireland, 100 years ago this year, the year Ireland granted women the right to vote. She came to the US with her mother, escaping a violent marriage, at the age of two, the year that women got the right to vote in the US. She came to a country more than a little hostile to the Irish. My great-grandmother, with barely a sixth grade education, ended up starting a taxi business all on her own, growing it to three different dispatches in NYC. But she wasn't allowed to have a bank account without her husband. She couldn't get a mortgage either. However, she refused to let the restrictions on women limit her. She paid for my grandmother to go to college and nursing school. She bought homes with cash and used the rental income from them to help her family. In fact, my parents lived in one of my great-grandmother's rental properties while newlywed college students. My great-grandmother was an American immigrant success story. But my grandmother never forgot those humble roots. Never forgot the sacrifices my great grandmother made to provide for her. And she never forgot that here, in this country, she had a responsibility to make her voice heard.

This weekend marks the anniversary of the ratification of the 19th Amendment. Rights for women have changed radically in literally one lifetime. But we're in danger of having them set back again unless we all do what my grandmother drilled into my head from the time I turned 18: VOTE.

ABC's "This Week" — National security adviser John Bolton; Bishop David Zubik of the Catholic Diocese of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Panel: Yamiche Alcindor of “PBS NewsHour,” radio host Hugh Hewitt, Carol Lee of NBC and Eugene Robinson of The Washington Post.

NBC's "Meet the Press" — John Brennan, a former director of the CIA; Rudy Giuliani, lawyer for President Donald Trump. Panel: former Gov. Chris Christie, R-N.J.; ABC’s Matthew Dowd; former Clinton campaign spokesperson Karen Finney; and Jason Riley, Wall Street Journal columnist.

CBS' "Face the Nation" — Leon Panetta, a former CIA director; Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, D-N.Y.; Rep. Kristi Noem, R-S.D.; Democratic congressional candidate Jennifer Wexton of Virginia. Panel: Anthony Salvanto, Ed O’Keefe and Leslie Sanchez of CBS and Amy Walter of The Cook Political Report.

CNN's "State of the Union" — James Clapper, a former director of national intelligence; Michael Hayden, a former director of the CIA and the National Security Agency; Lisa Monaco, a former White House homeland security adviser; Gov. Steve Bullock, D-Mont.. Panel: Congresswoman Karen Bass, D-Calif.; former Sen. Rick Santorum, R-Pa.; S.E. Cupp, host of CNN’s “SE Cupp Unfiltered”; and former Gov. Jennifer Granholm, D-Mich.

CNN's "Reliable Sources" — Jack Dorsey, CEO, Twitter; Ralph Peters, retired U.S. Army lieutenant colonel and former Fox News analyst; Susan Glasser of The New Yorker; Sabrina Siddiqui of The Guardian; Carlos Lozada, non-fiction book critic, The Washington Post.

CNN's "Fareed Zakaria GPS" — Steven A. Cook of the Council on Foreign Relation and adjunct professor at American University School of International Service; Rana Foroohar of Financial Times and author of “Makers and Takers”; Stephen Moore, founder, Club for Growth; Elizabeth Kolbert of The New Yorker and author of “The Sixth Extinction”; Nathaniel Rich of The New York Times Magazine and author of “King Zeno”; Simon Winchester, journalist and author of “The Perfectionists.”

"Fox News Sunday" — White House budget director Mick Mulvaney; Sen. Ron Johnson, R-Wis.; Mike Mullen, a former chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. Panel: Rich Lowry of National Review; Guy Benson, of; Jane Harman, former congresswoman (D-Calif.); and Mo Elleithee, executive director of Georgetown University's Institute of Politics and Public Service.

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