Annie Kenney and Christabel Pankhurst
Greetings, toadly companions! For the 8th day of April, let us contemplate womanhood. Recently I watched the film Suffragettes. Living through, and coming alive, during the Women's Liberation Movement in the 1970's, of course I knew that women had fought hard for our right to vote. This film showed me that those early 19th century women suffered far beyond what I had imagined: they were beaten, jailed, went on hunger strikes, lost their jobs, their homes, their husbands, their children. Some even died so we could vote.
Emmaline Pankhurst, played in the film by Helena Bonham Carter, was a driving force of the movement in Great Britain. (Her eldest daughter, Christabel, is in the photo above.) In 1999, Time Magazine named Emmeline one of the 100 most important people of the 20th century, stating "she shook society into a new pattern, from which there could be no going back."
Our challenge: write about women's freedom in any way that is relevant to you.
Write about a woman, past or present, who embodies the concept of personal freedom to you.
Write about a strong woman ancestor in your family, who exemplifies the long struggle for women's equality, perhaps because she never achieved it in her own life, due to the times she lived in.
This gives us lots of scope, since we all come from strong mothers, grandmothers and great-grandmothers. I look forward to reading about your wonderful women!