100 Years of Votes

This year we celebrate the 100-year anniversary of the Representation of People Act being passed in Parliament, giving women over 30 with their own property the right to vote.  The women granted the vote would have to wait until the General Election in December 1918 to exercise their democratic right, and it would be another 10 years before women from all classes succeed in gaining equal voting rights to men.  100 years on, we as women are no longer bound by the stereotype of the homemaker and we have taken our position in the fields of business, politics, science, arts and sports, thanks to our grandmothers, mothers and aunts who fought throughout the 20th century for equal access to pay, education, health care and maternity rights.

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Manhood died

Manhood died
blurred into the distance
in blue I hope

in red I bleed
shackled arms,
malnourished hips
slouched shoulders dry up

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What chance have I got? 

100 years has past
1918 marks the date
of women’s right to vote.
They tell us, we have grown in
voices, numbers and colours.
But we are the lonely voices in a room full of men.

 

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Women in Sport

After the birth of my second daughter in 2012, I decided I needed to change my lifestyle, and for once, not only lose some weight but also become active. But what would I do? I am not a strong swimmer and the thought of extra hair washing and swimming costumes left me cold. I didn’t mind the gym too much but I was on maternity pay and so I didn’t want to commit to contracts that I might not use. Would I be able to find women in the same situation as me?  We all say we want to get fit, but fewer women play sport than men – would I end up as the only woman there?

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Bath Time

As an infant my sis and I would share

We would moan and grumble whilst washing our hair

The soap would always sting my eyes

As she slyly splashed, caught me by surprise

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