Tuesday, November 1, 2016

Suffragettes



With the election approaching within days and the possibility of having the First United States Woman President, I thought it was only appropriate to do a post about how proud I am of women's rights. I love watching anything that shows strong women fighting through history to be equal to men and fairly treated. In the last couple of weeks I have been watching a show called "Good Girls Revolt" on Amazon Prime and I have to admit I'm addicted!


Good Girls Revolt is based in 1969 when a cultural revolution was sweeping throughout the free world, except in the "newsrooms". The show follows a group of girls that are ready for a change and asking to be treated fairly. The show discusses changes in society, love, friendships, upends marriages, the career women, and sex lives (its a grown up show don't watch it with your kiddos..) This show is all about Girl Power and a fight we as woman are still fighting for in 2016 but it does show how far we have come since the famous phrase "Votes for Women"! I have always considered myself a feminist ever since I heard the line:


"Take heart for Mrs. Pankhurst has been clapped in irons again!"


As a small child I really did not understood that line from one of my favorite Disney movies, Mary Poppins. I have to admit I had no idea who Mrs. Pankhurst was or anything about the history. But the movie did ensure that I never forget the name, even if I didn't know why.


As an adult, I know the basic story of who Mrs. Pankhurst was and what she did for suffragettes for women's rights but who was she really..   Emmeline Pankhurst and the suffragettes fought violently for the right of women to vote. I found this picture intriguing of Mrs. Pankhurst.


Doesn't she look proud? Very direct? Elegant and somehow modern? She is looking straight at you, and it is a demanding look. I imagine she must have been a strong terror to meet. A bit like Margaret Thatcher was but if possible even more driven.


The status quo at the turn of the century was that women were inferior to men, incapable of performing the same tasks as men and fundamentally endowed with fewer mental facilities in the same way that they were physically weaker. Pankhurst's own parents did not educate their daughters to be more than homemakers. They were taught needlework and music while the boys had the academic education. And from this, she rebelled. Rebelled so much that she was arrested and went on hunger strikes on numerous occasions.


From all over the globe, people followed both her cause and her methods. They were extreme, but given how many times the women's suffrage bill was presented in Parliament didn't they have to be? And what other ways were there for her to fight? They did not have the vote, so they could not choose to vote for parties that supported their cause.


It must have seemed an impossible project, to change the minds of those confirmed in a belief that women were second. I know I would have stood up and took a stand, no matter what the cost. Mrs. Pankhurst and the women "Good Girls Revolt" is portraying, and others like them, did a very great thing. Every woman should be profoundly grateful to all they have achieved...we would not be where we are today without the suffragettes. There are other great movies and TV series that have shown us what women went through such as the movie Suffragette staring Meryl Streep(who plays Mrs. Pankhurst) and Helena Bonham Carter.


Also, one of my favorite TV series, Murdoch Mysteries did a whole season over Canada's view of "Votes for Women".


 I highly recommend you watch Good Girls Revolt and the iconic Marry Poppins (if you have never seen it.)


Hope you enjoyed this brief look at women's history.




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