Women and the vote – Best Boot Forward

100 years of women’s right to vote in the UK certainly sounded like something to celebrate and there was a lot of coverage of this anniversary in the media.


The reality is only women who were over the ago of 30 and who met a property qualification were allowed to vote. That meant 60 per cent of women in the UK remained without the vote. Quite why you needed to be over 30 to have a view on who should govern the country I do not know. It is also worth noting that this Act we were supposed to celebrate so much also let men over the age of 21 vote because apparently they had the brains to do so at a much younger age than their female counterparts. The property qualification makes me smile but wryly. The UK and its over-emphasis on the value of person according to their property status does so much damage.

So yes I am pleased by any move towards an increase in fairness for women but there were flaws in this act and women 100 years later clearly still have a lot of battles to fight for a fair deal.

I can’t cover everything that needs to change for women and men in one blog post so let’s tackle Chloe’s questions for Best Boot Forward this week.

If you could change one thing, and one thing only about the world we live in today, what would that be? We’re talking anything you like here. Would you want to close the pay gap? Would you banish all modern technology? Or might you fancy living in a world where wearing socks with sandals was compulsory..?

I used to fight a lot for women’s rights and still hate the injustices they face. However I am starting to question why always aligning with our own gender does us any favours at all. If we looked at the abuse of power against anyone whatever their gender, perhaps we could remove a lot of the battles and win the war for a better world for all of us. I hate the abuse of power and one thing that I would wave a magic wand for immediately if I could is to remove domestic violence from our world. I would also like us to be able to walk without fear on our streets. I would like all landlords, employers and government agencies to act with fairness too.

2.How do you think making that change would affect you personally?

I would do a merry jig! Seriously I have certainly had my share of abusive employers and landlords in my time. If there was a fair distribution of power in society, I would also be less scared of offending the men in my life over the years and do less housework allowing me to do more merry jigs in my best boots of course.

3.If we wound the clock back 100 or so years, would you see yourself as a Suffragist, a Suffragette or neither? Why would you have made this choice?

Suffragist is a generic term that includes not just women but also men who supported the cause of women’s suffrage. I do wish more men would stand up for women’s rights but then again perhaps more women should stand up for men’s too. Suffragists behaved in a peaceful manner and sent letters to their elected representatives to raise voice in their support. I use words persuasively I think so perhaps this would have appealed to me.

Suffragette is a term used to refer to women members of the groups that were violent and aggressive and indulged in acts of violence to draw attention of people to their cause. I am not a violent person but there is the odd rare occasion where I see people being attacked or abused where I can head that way a little. I get very passionate about things so who knows?

Such a challenging question as if I am completely honest, I am not convinced by democracy as the best system that it is held up to be. That’s a whole blog post in its own right!


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  • Chloe @ Indigo Wilderness

    I think our views on these matters are very closely aligned and I wholeheartedly agree with your opinion that perhaps if we focused on gender alittle less then equality may come more naturally. I think a lot about this actually and am coming to similar conclusions. A great post as always putting our #bestbootforward

  • Rebecca

    It’s amazing to think that all this change has happened in short space of time. 100 years is not a long time in history. I agree with your comment about hating the abuse of power. And also, whilst I appreciate that there’s still so much sexism in society but I’d rather be an advocate for fairness for all.

  • Vicky

    I found this really interesting. I’ve never really thought about the fact that men should be supporting woman’s rights but they should be! Both my children are young but it’s probably actually more important for me to teach me son about woman’s rights than it is my daughter!


    • Toni Hargis

      To be honest, unless men get on board, we’re not going to move forward very quickly. I hate to say it, but it’s only when men get behind something that change really happens. There is no reason for men not to support women in a quest for equality and fortunately, more and more men are seeing that they aren’t going to lose their rights just because we get more.

  • Hazel Newhouse

    I really do struggle to see gender stereotyping in 2018. I see lots of stay-at-home dads, and breadwinner mothers. Obviously it’s still there (somewhere) but the future is looking bright. xx

  • chickenruby

    Gender equality isn’t something I feel has affected me over the years, I’ve lived and worked in a male oriented environment. The only time I had people commenting was when I worked in football for the English Football Association and I was often asked why I had this job, but only by men. It was on my merits of experience and choice of qualifications. It had nothing to do with my ability to play football and working in child protection. I’m also a believer that I should raise my sons to be respectful of everyone and that parents shouldn’t have to teach their daughter how to protect themselves

  • Toni Hargis

    I’m doing a lot of research on women’s issues and the whole #MeToo movement at the moment. While we may have come this far, there is still such inequity going on it’s shocking. From the gender pay gap to how boys and girls are treated at school through to what happens in the workplace (don’t get me started) and domestic abuse, we have a long way to go. And we’re in a country where it’s one of the better places to be for a woman.

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