Monday, January 4, 2016

The struggle for women to have a voice

My daughter took me to see the movie Suffragette.
It was very moving and challenging. It is hard to realise that in most countries 100 years ago women did not have the right to vote. It did not come to Switzerland until 1971!
The movie "nicely" puts the denial of voting rights in the broader context of unequal pay, poor working conditions, child labour, domestic violence, sexual harassment, child custody issues, ....

After any "historical" movie my nerdy family reads and discusses Wikipedia pages about the relevant background. Reading the biography of Emmeline Pankhurst showed how like many influential leaders she had "clay feet". She was intolerant of dissenting views, even from her own children, and during world war one was extremely nationalistic, completing suspending her suffragette activities.

1 comment:

  1. Good on you for backgrounding . The filmmaker can bind you like Frodo was- in their web . I've just been reading about Auntie Copperfield . No there is a feminist to die for. A real hero ; One who, we trust from her actions, repents of blaming the other sex for failed relationships There is nothing new either in the poor me poor targeting and the cul de sac in which many will try to make their home,