It’s been a century this month since the Suffragettes won their first battle, with some women being granted the right to vote, and in honour of that huge achievement and the women who made it happen, I just wanted to right a quick post dedicated to all of them, as well as the women continuing their fight one hundred years on. Women from all walks of life, all classes, united under a common cause, stood up and fought for their right to be heard. They fought, they bled, they were beaten and jailed, tortured and force fed, and some even died for what they believed in, so that you and I could have our say in how our country is run. I think of them every time I vote.
I think if they saw how far things have come since those days, they would be pleased. There are women Prime ministers and politicians, women astronauts, Police officers and scientists, women in every kind of job rocking at what they do. But sadly, there is still some way to go. Women are still paid less than men, the glass ceiling most certainly exists with the CEO positions in the biggest corporations being overwhelmingly male, and as the Harvey Weinstein scandal and the subsequent #metoo movement shows, there are still instances where inappropriate and even violent or abusive behaviour towards women, is merely accepted as part of that job/industry/culture.
So as well as dedicating this post to the women fighters of the past, I dedicate this to every woman out there who has stood up and said, ‘No. That is not acceptable.’ This is dedicated to the working women, showing the world we can do it just as good as men. The women soldiers, Doctors, politicians and teachers, and every one in between. This is dedicated to the stay at home mums fighting for the respect they deserve. This is dedicated to every woman who has had to utter those words #metoo, and the women made to feel like they aren’t good enough.
You are all badasses….every single one of you!!