Tuesday, November 18, 2008

Suffragettes 100 year Anniversary.Voting in Victoria.

Warm Welcome,

Hope all is well with you and yours. The days are warming up here, but we are promised rain for the next 3 days. I wont hold my breath... I've heard that before..

The other evening I went to a cocktail party, in honour of the 100th anniversary of the Suffragettes, winning the right to vote in Victoria.

Both of my older sisters went with me. When we arrived we were met at the door, by two ladies dressed as they did 100 yrs ago in white. They wore a violet sash over their shoulder and violet ribbon and green organza in their large hats, they were handing out newsletters, much as they did all those years ago, about equality of men & women. After a drink an some nibbles, we were shown to our seats in a large room, where 3 speakers proceeded to speak about womens equality, then and now. All the while a slide show was going on in the background, I was more interested in this. The photos of these women, all those years ago fighting for basic rights , not only in Australia, but many other countries, tweaked a chord in me. Yes I knew the stories, protest marches, violence, hunger strikes, jail terms, force feeding etc... but putting a face to the story was quite disturbing. It made me think.. how much is owed to these women.. for standing up.. fighting ....in a time when it would have been so hard to do so.

One of the speakers, read of a time when , it was considered that a woman was less intelligent than a man because she had a smaller head. A woman could not give evidence in a courtroom, as she was deemed to have memory loss, or too influenced by her husband, to have an opinion of her own. When a husband died, the money went to the nearest male relative. How unfair...

Well, I am grateful that I am living in this day and age, in a country where women have rights. Many countries are still in the dark, as far as the contribution women can make for the common good.

At the end of the evening we were given this badge to commemorate the event, it mentioned what the colours represented.

Green - Give

White- Women

Violet- Vote.

Well, must away....I promise not such a serious post next time...

With Smiles

Kathryn x


Amy said...

Hi Kathryn...my absolute favorite Christmas movie is "Mrs. Santa Claus." Some of the plot revolves around the suffragettes in Victorian times. I really enjoyed this post. Have a wonderful day!

lesley said...

Your so right Kathryn. We have no idea the struggles and battles these women faced in a fight to give future generations of women thier freedom of choice and speech! Its good to be reminded!! xx

Ragged Roses said...

I really enjoyed this post, thank you. We all owe these women so much