\u201cThe paramount destiny and mission of women are to fulfill the noble and benign offices of wife and mother. And the rules of civil society must be adapted to the general constitution of things.\u201d No, this is not Donald Trump\u2019s latest Twitter rant; rather, those are the words of U.S. Supreme Court Justice Joseph Bradley in a concurring opinion of Bradwell v. Illinois (1872). The Supreme Court upheld an Illinois law that restricted state bar membership to men. Denying the right to practice law was just one of the many ways by which women were lawfully subjected to discrimination in that era; the principal form of discrimination was denying women the right to vote. The fight for women\u2019s suffrage began at the Seneca Falls Convention in 1848 in Seneca Falls, N.Y. \u2014 now the site of the rather inspirational Women\u2019s Rights National Park \u2014 led by Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Lucretia Mott. The cause was taken up by characters like Susan B. Anthony and Jeannette Rankin. That fight led to the passage of the 19th Amendment in 1919 that the right to vote cannot be denied on account of sex. Students who can vote in the 2016 presidential primary registered in school with Wilton\u2019s League of Women Voters a few weeks ago. We\u2019ve all taken government and U.S. history classes, and even if our vote is too small to matter, and even if unfaithful delegates have free will, we vote because it\u2019s a privilege and a duty. It\u2019s a milestone. Not voting wouldn\u2019t just be wasting my own voice, it\u2019s wasting the years and petitions and speeches and voices of all those audacious men and women on whose shoulders we stand. This year we may have the opportunity to select a woman as the 45th president. Hill and I actually don\u2019t have a great history \u2014 during the 2008 primary I was operating my budding political career out of Wilton\u2019s Democratic HQ doing cold calls for Obama \u2014 as a 10-year-old. I then sent Hillary a personal email politely asking her if she would pleeeease rescind her campaign, the first female U.S. president is actually currently a small blond child in third grade in Wilton, Connecticut. Alas, no response, and oddly enough, Hillary continued her campaign. My dad\u2019s anarchist U.S. government professor used to tell him that she never voted because \u201cit only encourages them so.\u201d Perhaps true, we perpetuate the system, but voting shouts louder into the void than not voting in protest! Olivia Phelan is a senior at Wilton High School. She shares this column with four classmates.