Monday, February 1, 2010

Women Protesters

Today's picture was taken in 1918, and shows three suffragettes protesting in front of the Capitol (do you like the way I know how to spell 'suffragettes'?). Today, one of the signs has a message on it, which is a step forward. I still think they needed higher contrast in the banners, so they would be easier to read. I like how the street in front of the capitol is relatively uncrowded, compared to today.

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  1. In the old Celtic Society, if you weren't pregnant or lactating, you were expected to be an equal part of the society, including games, war, agriculture, etc. As recently as MacBeth, Celtic Kings were elected, but that ended when the English inserted a puppet on the throne by assassinating MacBeth. Several of the mountain men were black. Then in 1869, women were given the vote in Wyoming and in 1924 the first woman was elected Governor.

    Seems highlanders have been trying to do the right thing for a long, long time. %^)

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  2. Do you have any pictures from the winter of 1888?

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  3. The streets are emptier because at that time the federal government wasn't an overbloated, run everyone's life piece of..... well you get the idea.

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  4. Seems as though New Zealand was the first to grant equal voting rights to women across local and national elections in 1893. Britain gave unmarried women who were homeowners the right to vote in local elections in 1869, but not full voting rights to all women until 1918 - and then the woman had to be 30 years old. Russia granted woman suffrage in 1917, Germany and most of what we think of as the Eastern Bloc countries in 1918, and finally in 1920, America, Albania, Czech Republic and Slovakia.

    By comparison, Kuwait granted full suffrage to women in 2005 and South African black women were granted voting rights in 1994. With what we know about equality, it's amazing that the fight still goes on in the new millennium.

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  5. It's amazing that it took women so long to have the right to vote.

    And, look at the lack of security in front of the Capitol.

    How differnt today.

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