Imagine if the Women's Liberation movement continued into the 21st Century. Three landmark events influenced gender equality in Britain: Dame Millicent Garrett Fawcett founds National Union of Women's Suffrage Societies, police suppress a protest violently, and Parliament passes the Representation of the People Act. The Declaration of the Rights of Man and Its Citizens was indoctrinated after the French Revolution.
The relationship between man and nature changed with the advent of agriculture. Queen Victoria ascends to the throne during the Industrial Revolution; women are not allowed to vote. Fawcett founds the National Union of Women's Suffrage Societies.
Great Britain only allows wealthy men to vote. Influenced by politics in South Africa, women realize they can fight unjust laws. Suffragettes quit the NUWSS and join the Women's Social and Political Union lead by Emmeline Pankhurst.
Activists are imprisoned and gain notoriety. The Mud March, hunger strikes, and arrests follow. On Black Friday, suffragettes start to riot and loot shops.
If people refuse to obey laws, the state no longer possesses power; Violence begets violence. During World War I Parliament pardons the suffragette prisoners. Lloyd George becomes prime minister and the Representation of the People Act passes.
A number of women contributed to the obtaining the right to vote. Saudi Arabian women received the right to vote in 2015. Women still need to fight for equality across the globe.
Credits: Women's Liberation in the 20th Century
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From the end of the 19th century, the women of the European countries energetically demand the right to vote, better working conditions, and education, just like the Suffragette movement in England. Despite some progress, results are slow to come when the year 1914 dawns. But with the lack of a male workforce, gone off to the war, factories are forced to employ women in positions traditionally occupied by men. The image of the world of work has changed definitively and forever. Once the First World War ends, women finally and gradually obtain the rights they were demanding. The Roaring Twenties and the post-war libertarian movements usher in this wind of freedom. Female emancipation brings a liberation and a consideration for the body and well-being of the woman as an individual. Many women politicians and artists emerge and are able to express their creativity and opinions in total freedom and especially with total legality, continuing the struggle for equality of the sexes.
Length: 26 minutes
Copyright date: ©2017
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