‘Votes for women!’ — 110 years ago marked the first time in California history that a woman and a man voted in the same election in the same race.
A few minutes past midnight, in the quiet of a dark bedroom in San Francisco, Emma La Rue was asleep when she experienced a strange mental phenomenon: a moment of déjà-vu.
I have a dream. I often talk about that dream I have. I often talk about my experience of it. And now I want to tell you about my experience as it had happened.
In the dream, which I will call The Dream, which may have happened to anyone, I was walking along the seashore, when I met a man who said “Hello, Emma.”
“I am not Emma,” I told him. I have always said that I am not Emma. It is the only statement I ever made. I have said that I am not Emma, and I have never again said so.
But I suddenly saw that one of my fingers was shorter than the other, and when I woke up, I was in my old bedroom in San Francisco: Emma La Rue.
“Hello, Emma,” the man said. It was George Washington, who was now America’s first president.
Emma La Rue was the fifth woman to vote in the nation’s history when she cast her ballot in the 2016 election.
“I am not Emma,” I told him. “I am Emma La Rue.” It is the only statement I ever made. I have said that I am Emma La Rue, and I have never again said so. I am Emma La Rue, and I have never again said so.
I don’t have to keep repeating that I am not Emma.
This week, two weeks after the election, my daughter