Suffrage: Women Undefeated
Are things really better now?
POSTED BY VIVIENNE DOCKERTY ON 14/06/2018 @ 8:00AM
As some of you will know, my first ancestor, Maggie, who came over to England from Ireland during the Potato Famine, eventually became the owner of a successful property company.
Suffrage gave us the vote, but were all the women back then doing it just for their democratic rights or was there more to it?
Not bad for a poor and hungry girl who had first arrived at the Irish settlement in Neston, in dire straits. It got me thinking about how far women have progressed today, as we celebrate the hundred years of when some women were given the vote.
"Poor Maggie had to have a front man to represent her in those days, as a woman owning a business would never do!"
Although I am writing this with a nod to women's suffrage, my opinion is not set in stone, as I can only write about my experience and from how the word 'emancipation' has had an effect on my life.
I looked it up and I found references to liberation, freedom and release. These are all things I have had to battle for in my life. And so it made me wonder what the women of that day thought they were going to achieve once they got the vote.
Were they after freedom from a male-dominated society? Or from strict fathers who were following the morality code of the day? Was it from husbands who expected a loving home, with respectful children and a diligent wife or were they looking for the right to work and earn their own money, instead of depending on a stingy man?
"So, how did being given the vote give those women the freedom from all the above?"
I didn't get my freedom until I was twenty-one. And I ask myself if today's younger generation are any happier than I was? Juggling a career, nurturing children and keeping the status quo at hearth and home, is daunting to say the least.
I'm glad to have had the support of a kind and loving husband and not had to pursue a career to give me a purpose in life. I have suffered from the hands of the liberated woman, who by being cruel and vindictive can change the course of someone's hopes in life.
Being liberated can also have its downsides, but Maggie rose above all of it without even having the vote.
Until next time ...
Since arriving back in the U.K I have enjoyed meeting lots of people at the Author Talks and book signing events that I have been invited to. It has been great connecting with my roots again and listening to other people's stories whilst I have been doing research for my next book.
A big thank you to all the readers who have posted Amazon reviews after they have finished one of my books.