Tuesday, February 06, 2018

#Vote100


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@Regranned from @pregnant_then_screwed - Today is a momentous day. The centenary of some women gaining the right to vote. That right was hard won by some incredible women who were willing to starve, to die and to poke the authorities up the bottom with hat pins to ensure you and I can have a say in who runs our country. In 1918 a woman’s place was most definitely in the home - her primary role was to care for her husband and kids; if she didn’t have them she had essentially failed as a human. One hundred years later and we are still fighting for equality in the home and the workplace. A 2016 study by the Office of National Statistics said that women are doing 40% of the unpaid chores in the home and that sits alongside the fact that there are more men called Steve who run FTSE100 companies than women running FTSE100 companies. We know that cultural and societal shifts take time, but maaaaan this is one slow shift and with the number of women who lose their jobs for getting pregnant having almost doubled in the last 10 years, sometimes it can feel like we are going backwards, not forwards. Let’s not forget that although today is a momentous day - when they gave some women the right to vote, they only gave it to white middle class, home owning women. Simultaneously, they lowered the age for men to vote and gave the vote to working class men - it was not long after WW1 and they were too scared that there would be more women voting than men, and we couldn’t have that, could we? Today, I will be thinking about all those incredible women who came before us and all the incredible women that continue to fight for our equality. Today, I will be #marchingon. Photo credit @clairebrooksphotography - #regrann

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