Emily Davidson locked herself in a cupboard in the House of Commons on the night of the 2 April 1911. The following day she could register on the census form that her residence at the time was the House Of Commons, legitimately giving her the right to vote and she became the first female in the UK to do so.
I find it incredible that little over 100 years later, women are still denied the right to be deemed equal to men. When I look around my workplace, yes women are there, but we are all at the lower end and anyone who has made it to the top is seemingly a dragon. It seems that in order to succeed you have to act like a teenage boy by marking your territory at every meeting/ conference call with juvenile behaviour, leaving behind any female qualities, as these are seen as weaknesses in the eyes of senior men and you can’t be part of the old boys club.
After a week of voting controversy, the Church of England not voting in favour of female bishops, what does this say for equality in the UK?
Call me a believer in modern science and common sense: the church from my view is backward and out of date. How is it in today’s society where we have equality laws and legislation in the workplace to ensure equal rights for men and women of all backgrounds/ sexual orientation/ religion/ age and disability, is it possible for the church who oversees (much to my despair):
- Judicial system (swearing on a bible in court)
- Part of the education system
- Right of marriage
Is allowed to break the equality legislation? We have women clergy who appear to be brain washed, voting against the right for women to be bishops and misogynistic grave dodgers who don’t know what end they’re shitting out of, deciding if women are allowed to be equal to them, when are we not all equal at birth? I find it hard to believe that a vote was even needed when just the legislation should automatically apply, to exclude women in any other profession/ industry would lead to international law suits. Why should they be an exception? But then this is how the church works: preaching moral standards but not adhering to them.