It’s been only just over 100 years since women successfully fought for the right to vote. A fact I hadn’t necessarily forgotten, but one that hadn’t really ever been brought home to me.
Take but a short step back in time, and you’ll find yourself in a world where women were the chattel of their fathers and then their husbands. The meagre wages they eeked out were duly handed over to the men in their lives. They had no rights to the children they carried and birthed.
Suffragette, the film, stars Carey Mulligan, Helena Bonham Carter and Mery Streep. It's set in Edwardian Britain, in 1912. Asquith is the Prime Minister and Lloyd George a key political figure. For many decades now, women have been campaigning for the right to vote; they've been writing letters, meeting politicians, giving testimony and protesting in the streets.
And yet, still, women are denied the right to vote.
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The activist and leader of the Women's Social and Political Union Emmeline Pankhurst, has declared that suffrage will only be won through 'deeds, not words.'