Thursday, September 24, 2015

Suffragette Season at the U.K. Parliament. No swine remarks..

I learned about the Suffragette Events in London in October on Twitter.

Apparently, it's Suffragette Season at the UK Parliament in October, to coincide with the release of the Carrie Mulligan, Meryl Streep movie Suffragette.

I know I'll like the Suffragette movie because I loved Iron Lady, a movie also written by Abi Morgan.

On October 7, you can get a suffragette-themed tour of Parliament. There's a Suffragette Soiree too, where you can go back in time and watch iconic suffrage scenes re-created by actors.

It's lucky that there are no iconic suffragette scenes featuring barnyard animals. These militants were very theatrical, but they never got around to that. I don't think. Maybe one of them said "MPS are all swine." They certainly said similar things.

Don't feel bad for the MP's. People called the suffragettes all kinds of ugly things: vinegary viragos, harpies, nut-cases...even, ah, suffragettes. Yes, that term was meant to be derogatory, as in "silly little women."

Too bad I won't be there in England to enjoy these events.

This is the ONLY pictures of Canadians Suffragettes marching that you will ever see. They were suffragists, really, Maternal Suffragettes mostly, all from Toronto, marching in the Washington DC, 1913 parade. I suspect this parade, where Constance Hamilton of the Toronto Equal Suffrage League had to walk BEHIND Constance Hamilton, President of the Canadian Suffrage Assocation, changed the course of Canadian history. Constance soon started her own national suffrage organization and then conspired with PM Borden, during the WWI,  to wangle a way to get his Union Government  re-elected playing on women's fears for their own sons away at War.

Denison, who was soon ousted as President of the CSA, tried to paint the problem as English women against Canadian women. Hamilton was born in Yorkshire. Hamilton, accused Ontario-born Denison of being too pro-Pankhurst. Very weird.

I doubt my ebook Service and Disservice, about the Canadian suffragists and their iffy involvement in the 1917 Concription Election, will be used next year for our150th anniversary of Confederation celebrations. (Are they still on?)

That's taboo history, here, well-understood my scholars, ignored by the school textbooks.

That's why no one in my generation can tell you when Canadian women actually got the vote, even if they are well-read.

(My experience anyway.)

Must say, I didn't know until lately. It was in 1917, by the way.

Only women with men at the War Front got to vote. Very nice, right? And so democratic. And the saddest thing is, most Canadian suffragists were all for this War Times Election Act.

A suffragist may have given Borden the idea.

 It will all be explained in Service and Disservice. If you can't wait, read my most recent blog posts.

Service and Disservice is the follow up to Furies Cross the Mersey, about the British Invasion of Militant suffragettes to Montreal in 1912/13.

The Suffrage Play, How the Vote was Won, was put on by the Montreal Suffrage Association in Sept 1914, just as WWI started. The production raised 100 dollars for the Patriotic Fund.

One of the players was Caroline Kenney, sister of famed British militant Annie Kenney. Caroline infiltrated the Montreal Suffrage ranks in 1912/13 and tried to start a militant movement, with real live marches and such. Imagine!

Yes, a couple of dyed-in-the wool suffragettes, one of them of the working class variety, came to Canada in the era. Both of my ebooks, available on, explain.