I almost forgot to write this blog post and I haven't written in so long I am not sure I have any readers left, but anyway, here goes.
We watched Mary Poppins as a family not too long ago and I was struck by this song. It hopefully sings out:
"Our daughter's daughters will adore us
as they sing in grateful chorus
'Well done, Sister Suffragettes'"
Alas, I think in general it's wrong. Not about women voting, about their granddaughters being thankful...or even remembering.
It's election day here in the US and many women are wearing white as a sign of thankfulness for women's right to vote and run for political office. We have, for the first time, a female candidate from a major political party running for president. (We have actually had women candidates for years and, by the way, this doesn't indicate how I voted. I am not going there here.) But most of the time I think we forget that gaining the right to vote was the hard won struggle of women who worked for nearly century to gain suffrage. And it hasn't even been a century since they succeeded.
This is a fun song. It's also humorous, contrasting a wife's progressive views with her husband's staunchly traditional ones.
The women's suffrage movement had a bit of a checkered history, making alliances with racists and advocating violent action. I don't condone either of those tactics.
I am, however, grateful to be able to vote...and enjoy Mary Poppins.
Check out this link on the history of the Suffragette Movement in the US.
And in England:
Did you vote?