I have just a little to add to the controversy over Patricia Arquette’s acceptance speech at the Academy Awards. She said:
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To every woman who gave birth to every taxpayer and citizen of this nation, we have fought for everybody else’s equal rights, it is our time to have wage equality once and for all and equal rights for women in the United States of America.
So I was taking the opportunity of a lull in the meeting to bore my colleagues with yet another historical tidbit. Okay, maybe not bore, as I do try to present my favourite moments in history in an entertaining manner, involving a lot of posturing, multiple voices and general enthusiasm, but in a group of people not all that interested in history this mainly leads to amused smiles rather than a riveted audience. 2,440 more words
I am absolutely besotted with Sojourner Truth. Almost six feet tall she was a striking woman with a charismatic presence. For me, the nineteenth century abolitionist and women’s rights activist ranks up there with Mae Jamison and Angela Davis as far as role models go. 1,109 more words
This photograph shows the National Women’s Social and Political Union shop in Glastonbury. It carries several banners ‘Taxation without representation is tyranny’, ‘Votes for women’ and an advert for the ‘weekly newspaper Votes for Women’ available for one penny. 270 more words