Women of the United Kingdom head to the polls for today’s special election on a particularly fitting anniversary. It’s been 104 years to the day since Emily Wilding Davison died for the cause of women’s suffrage, trampled to death in the middle of a high-profile horse race, in front of the King and Queen themselves.
On Sunday, British Prime Minister Theresa May announced that suffragist Millicent Garrett Fawcett will be honored with a statue in London’s Parliament Square. She will be the first woman to join the ranks of those commemorated there.
Here we have a cartoon, circa 1855, apparently meant to illustrate the topsy-turvy effect of bloomers on relations between the sexes. Clearly the artist was rather appalled, but frankly I see a woman after my own heart.
Cats and dogs are gendered in contemporary American culture, such that dogs are thought to be the proper pet for men and cats for women (especially lesbians). This, it turns out, is an old stereotype. In fact, cats were a common symbol in suffragette imagery. Cats represented the domestic sphere, and anti-suffrage…
That's right: on August 18th, 1920, women won the right to vote. (It became law on 8/26.) Celebrate by preparing for the upcoming midterm elections and, in honor of our suffragette sisters, do a little light hell-raising.
The world as we know it will be a different place next weekend: the election will be over, and after two years of endless coverage, analysis, worry, excitement, and anticipation, we'll finally know who our next president will be. As Election Day approaches, it's important to remember how important women have been in…