1981 Isle Of Man
1983 New Zealand
2015 Saudi Arabia
Above is just a short list of countries around the world and what year they made it legal for all women to vote no matter what their marital state. As a girl born in England in the 1990’s it was just normal to expect that when i get to the age of 18 i could vote. Growing up I knew of the suffragettes and what they did, I always thought it was a courageous and great thing to do but i had only concentrated on England, and hadn’t really thought about women’s movements internationally and has today the 8th of march 2017 is international women day i wanted to do some research on the topic.
Some of these dates astounded me can you believe a fairly liberal country like France thought it was acceptable and a good idea to take part in two world wars before it was thought acceptable for women to vote? I truly cant believe it but who was in power and left to make the decision on who could vote? MEN
Reflecting on this i got thinking about how different the world would be today if only men were aloud to have their voices heard. This post isn’t now going to turn into a man hating post as there are some men out there who believe in and fight for gender equality. However just bare with me here and do a bit of reflecting if women didn’t get the vote how different would our world be? Its not a secret that a factor into why the government and organizations that involve governments such as the EU now make provisions for issues and rights such as The equality act, childcare, maternity rights, equal employment , domestic violence, and sexual harassment/abuse because they want women’s votes to get into power.
So what on earth would the world look like without those laws just mentioned if we didnt have the power to vote meaning the laws and rights above wernt made to the standard they are today? Young girls wouldn’t have access to an equal standard of education to their male peers, meaning that they would not have the knowledge to make the amazing contributions they do in society today. Without the provisions for childcare that are currently made it would be increasingly difficult for women to continue to make the contributions to the workforce they make now which would have a huge negative effect on our economy and our society progression in things such as medical advancement and inventions. If laws weren’t in place to make it illegal for anybody to be abused no body would have control over there own body and with the rates of domestic and sexual abuse being so high towards women while abuse is illegal it makes me sick to my stomach when i think about what position we as women today would be in if we did not have those laws to protect us.
Because of all this after my reflection iv’e gone from thinking that what the suffragettes did was courageous to knowing that in changed not only my life but the world and we should all be so grateful men and women because are world would be a much more negative place without votes for women. Now suffragettes gave us the power to use are voices and show our power through the law but as we all know the law may be there but it is not always implemented and attitudes have not truly kept up with the law so lets use that voice that suffragettes gave us and keep going till we get gender equality “toast drink” FOR THE SUFFRAGETTES!