Thursday, March 8, 2018

Happy International Women's Day #PressForProgress

Happy International Women's Day friends! This day celebrates the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women. This year's theme is #PressForProgress. Learn more about the campaign and resources available to you here.

Over the weekend, I watched the movie The Suffragette. This movie came out a couple years ago and it's been on my list to watch. I had Friday evening to myself so I found it on Demand and watched it. 

It's based on the suffrage movement in the United Kingdom in the early 1900's. The movie follows the story of Maud Watts (fictional character) who is a laundry worker and endures a hard life as a female in the early 1900's and joins the movement. It gave you a look into what women went through to fight for women rights - beatings, imprisonment, hunger strikes, force-feeding, to name a few. Admirable to say the least. 

Below are some real images of this suffrage movement in the UK. 

The image above is that of Emmeline Pankhurst who was a British political activist and leader of the British suffragette movement. The OG #GirlBoss in my opinion. 

The image above was the funeral procession for Emily Davidson, a suffragette and member of the Women's Social and Political Union, who died after walking onto a horse track and getting hit by King George V's horse. The movie depicts this story that she did this in order to gain international exposure to their movement, however this is not really confirmed true.

As the #PressforProgess campaign states, these ladies began the efforts for equality, but there is still much more progress to be made. Honestly, not just equality in the workplace, but justice for rape. domestic violence and sex trafficking victims. Here are just a few organizations that I have seen that I thought I would share for you all, to educate yourselves and provide support where you can.

So many ways for us to make a difference and do something. Let's not wait for the other person to do it. Take the step.


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