I vote because I have a sense of gratitude and pride. I am grateful to have the opportunity to vote because, up until very recently in history I would not have had the privilege of voting as a woman. Many women and men around the world still do not have this privilege. I have a sense of pride when I vote. Not everyone votes the same way, but the fact that we are each allowed our own vote is a fact we should never take for granted. Refusing to vote is to dishonour those who have sacrificed and worked for our freedom and those around the world who do not have the same freedom and are currently fighting to be allowed to vote.