Women’s Days – Thank you Emmeline!

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Let’s trace this day,

Called “Woman’s Day”……

Back to a time…..

When men held sway…..

(and only men ever had a say!)

There was that era….

In nineteen-oh-three,

When a lady couldn’t vote,

But was expected to make tea!

She ‘had to’ bear children,

And be the good wife…..

She couldn’t complain,

But in kitchen held knife!

So a brave little dame,

Emmeline was her name,

Roused all English women…..

To legitimize their claim…..

(England, since then, has not been the same!!)

This Suffragette Movement,

So called by the Mail,

Made women infamous,

Temporarily ‘ungracious’,

But by all means and numbers….

These gals were courageous!

In the meantime,

The husbands, fathers, brothers,

Were perplexed, furthermore vexed….

How could wives, sisters, mothers,

Take to streets with such text?

On posters, in red….

“Votes for Women!”

It said!!

These women were mocked……

They stood their ground,

And men were left shocked,

At revolt all around,

A frenzy newfound,

That seemed to confound!

Emmeline Pankhurst,

And then, Anne Kenney….

Were willing to die,

For the cause of many…..

They starved themselves ill…..

Were beaten at will….

But the righteous mob….

Couldn’t be stilled!

Multitudes were arrested…..

Put behind bars,

But these damsels attested…..

To the fact of ‘on par’…

Though it was known,

For the most part in England,

Other countries around the globe…

All had suffragette women….

England was late,

In accepting suffrage,

But finally, they did,

In nineteen twenty eight,

When women of the age,

Of twenty one could vote…..

And this was just the start….

Of a beginning of note……

But all this makes me wonder….

Have women really reached,

The top of that mountain,

That equality peak?

You may say ‘yeah’…

You may say ‘no’,

But whatever you say…

It’ll lead to debate…

And debate is good…

Questioning is fine…

Leading to a clean-up…

Of clogged minds…

And after questioning…

You’re ready for a fight…

You’re ready to forge ahead…

Be your own suffragette…

One small step…

Really does let…

Your journey begin…

Let’s you leap…

Let’s you win…

Your own battle inside…

Don’t hide…

Don’t be shy…

Don’t cry…
Don’t just let…

Life go by…

There’ll always be an excuse…

For ‘not-to-do’!

That will only hamper you…

It starts with a state of mind….

And you don’t need anyone….

(or for that matter, anything)

For it to be defined!

 

By Scherezade Mansukhani

Scherezade Mansukhani

Scherezade is a Clinical Child Psychologist, Part-time mother, blogger, French teacher and IATA teacher. She has worked with the differently abled, and now works on and off as a teacher.

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