Here's a picture of Canadien's super star Jean Béliveau's statue, outside the Bell Centre two years ago.
and here's a picture of Emmeline Pankhurst's statue in London, England.
Two thoughtful, intelligent warriors; their images never before juxtaposed.
But I just had to do it!
I've been trying for a while to get someone in Canada excited about my 'true' story Furies Cross the Mersey, about the British suffragettes, including Pankhurst, invading Montreal in 1912/13, but no one is interested.
In the UK, just this month, they aired Jessica Hynes' funny Up the Women, a sitcom about suffragettes, and Suffragettes Forever: the Story of Women and Power, by historian Amanda Vickery, a three-parter.
The third part, specifically about the militants in the 1910 era, airs in a few days. Vickery suggests that the suffrage movement in England started in working class Sheffield.
But there will never be a CBC drama about my book.
Just look at Montreal trends on Twitter to see why. All hockey all the time.
Just look at Google trends in Canada. All hockey all the time.
Crazy. And with so many important issues out there, critical issues that need to be addressed in the next federal election or else, maybe, all will have been for naught.
I never met Jean Béliveau, who has lately passed away, but twice in my 20's a friend has come to my house saying "I just passed Jean Beliveau on the street. What a handsome man!"
These friends weren't even hockey fans, as such.
(I've only lately come back to watching hockey, for something to do with my husband. For years I resisted, finding hockey these days far too chippy. "Why can't there be nice elegant goals like Jean Beliveau did in his days?" I 'd say to my husband. "The defense and goalies are too good these days," he'd reply.
I've decided I like Gallagher best of all the Canadiens because he spends most of his ice time on his knees face-plant in the ice, with some goon's elbow in his helmet, but then he just gets up and goes for the net.)
I wonder if any men said that about a suffragette in 1910. "I just passed Christabel Pankhurst in
Hyde Park. What a gorgeous woman!"
Apparently, Christabel was very attractive, to men and to women.
But probably not! The suffragettes, feisty fighting women, scared most males...big time.
Christabel's mom was no slouch in the looks department. Suffragettes had to be pretty.. or they were discounted as angry caveman-like viragos.
nd Furies Across the Mersey is her story.
Barbara Wylie, who came to Canada in 1912, was very pretty. All the Montreal reporters remarked on it. This took the edge off her fiery speeches, somehow.
Now, in part two of Suffragettes Forever, which you can't get in Canada, Amanda Vickery tells the story of how Christabel and Annie Kenney make themselves get arrested in the 1910 era, so that Christabel can have a platform in court to speechify about women's right to vote.
(Annie's sister,Caroline, came to live in Montreal in 1912. Read my book.)
The suffragettes in England were all about theatrics. In-your-facedness. I discuss this in Furies, or at least, I have a character discuss it.
England is facing an election soon. I still like my idea about a suffragette themed TV show: Zombie detective suffragettes, The Walking Militants. where a couple of dead old suffragettes, in their big hats that are falling apart and a one inch layer of dust on their shirtwaist suits, come back to solve election fraud crimes, with their medium being a young female college student.
It would be all about convincing young people about the important of voting, before it's too late.
(Just joking..) Well, not really.
PS. I never met Jean Beliveau, who was offered the post of Governor General, but turned it down, but I met John Ferguson and another Canadiens' super star saw my private parts, but that was in hospital after I'd just given birth and he opened the wrong curtain looking for his wife.