Women’s Rights Today

A hundred years ago women were prepared to die so that women today can vote.

Do women today face serious injustice?

What do you consider the most urgent women’s issue(s)?

Where is the suffragettes’ fighting spirit in 2011?

Tell us what you think! Please Add your comments!

Comments:


I read about your play-reading in the Perthshire Advertiser, but too late to attend the Perth reading. So I hope you can come back to Perth again. I feel that some understanding of what the suffragettes did for us is vital, so that we can try to understand better some of the lingering prejudices that men and women still have deep down that may be affecting the openness of their behaviour today.
Kristin Barrett
Blairgowrie, UK –


My gut feeling is the essential work of raising and nurturing the next generation of the elderly is still mostly done by women. The obsession with economic growth and measurement of Gross National Product as the indicator of quality of people’s lives downgrades what people care deeply about (not just women), though it is disproportionally woman who pick up the tab, and stay at the bottom of the heap. If the UK can priortise ‘punching above our weight’ as a military power above providing a level of decent living standards for citizens, it tells me we are driven by testosterone. The continued commodification of sex concerns me, not to mention reliance on what we in the west would consider slave conditions for the bulk of our consumer goods and commodities. I just can’t see the meek inheriting the earth, unless it is the burnt out remains. Nice joke Jesus! We still have a way to go.
Alice
Perth, UK –


I hope your play reaches a wide and diverse audience Ajay. The world has changed so much since our Suffragette sisters gave women a voice and aspirations in their own right . According to the magazines I read at the hairdressers, the role models that inspire young women today are more likely to be minor celebrities or ‘WAGS.” Growing up in the 50’s and 60’s in Liverpool we had women like Eleanor Rathbone, daughter of a shipping magnate who was involved in the Suffrage movement and campaigned as an M.P. for women’s rights both home and abroad. Then there was Bessie Braddock , staunchly working class , who , as an M.P. for nearly 25 years, fought robustly for better maternity care and child welfare. No shortage of strong role models there. No shortage in my own family either. My Grandad was the Union rep. and after many fiery meetings would encourage us, his grandchildren , to “Always use your vote or the Commies will get in !” No coercion there! But, we have never forgotten his words.
Margaret Reilly
Perth, UK –


One of the most concerning things in the UK is the lack of intellectual engagement of women with issues that affect their gender. Whenever I travel on the train, I see rows of women reading magazines dominated by ‘stories’ of female celebrities being betrayed/jilted/dumped and the vicissitudes of their waistlines/cellulite. What happened to reading literature about/by inspiring women or engaging with stories of world importance and thinking about what they mean? And why do we accept and encourage such depressing representations of women by buying this type of publication? Sometimes it looks like Suffragettes never existed and the Feminist struggles in the decades before and since their era didn’t happen.
Fiona
Perth, UK –


The recent proposal by the Government to end a universal benefit that is paid directly to women who are mothers because their partner earns above a certain level can be seen as an attempt to return women to dependency on men. Of course, despite being wrong, the attack on child benefit is really a smokescreen, convincing us that the middle classes are suffering under the cuts, when in reality almost all of the £83 billion in cuts will affect the poorest people in Britain. And who are the lowest earners, why women of course. Time for the women of Scotland to don the green, white and purple once more and find this time not for political democracy, but for economic democracy.
Paul Philippou
Perth, UK –


Its very inspiring to read what the suffragettes did and ponder whether a contemporary movement of women would make the same sacrifices. Equal pay and the glass ceiling are still huge issues we need to address properly and it is disappointing the coalition government chose to water down the proposals on pay transparency in the Equality Bill.
Mary Alexander
Perth, UK –


Um…that would be, “circumcision”…obviously….
Wendy Muzlanova
Perth, UK –


Women’s rights today? Two words spring to mind straight away. Female Circumsion…..
Wendy Muzlanova
Perth, UK –