The world as we know it will be a different place next weekend: the election will be over, and after two years of endless coverage, analysis, worry, excitement, and anticipation, we'll finally know who our next president will be. As Election Day approaches, it's important to remember how important women have been in this election: with two females on the national stage, one as a potential President and one as a potential Vice President, the focus on women voters has been more intense than ever. But beyond the PUMAs and Obama Girl and the women who strangely came to represent all women during the course of this election, there are the rest of us, women who are proud of and plan to exercise our right to vote, a right that was given to us through the hard work of other women, who refused to remain silent, and demanded that we have a say in how the government controls our daily lives, and the lives of our future daughters, nieces, and granddaughters. To celebrate Election Day and the power of women voters, I've assembled a little tribute, after the jump.

"I have never been especially impressed by the heroics of people who are convinced they are about to change the world. I am more awed by those who struggle to make one small difference after another."- Ellen Goodman

"There never will be complete equality until women themselves help to make laws and elect lawmakers."- Susan B. Anthony


"I never doubted that equal rights was the right direction. Most reforms, most problems are complicated. But to me there is nothing complicated about ordinary equality."-Alice Paul


"At present, our country needs women's idealism and determination, perhaps more in politics than anywhere else."-Shirley Chisholm

"Womanhood is the great fact in her life; wifehood and motherhood are but incidental relations." -Elizabeth Cady Stanton


"If you don't like the way the world is, you change it. You have an obligation to change it. You just do it one step at a time."- Marian Wright Edelman


"The argument of the broken pane of glass is the most valuable argument in modern politics." -Emmeline Pankhurst

"We ask justice, we ask equality, we ask that all the civil and political rights that belong to citizens of the United States, be guaranteed to us and our daughters forever."- Declaration of Rights of the Women of the United States, 1876
And finally, to end another lovely weekend, there is this:

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