I went to see the Suffragette movie this morning. And I am not ashamed to say I cried through parts of it. It wasn’t so much what was shown in the movie itself, but what the story reminded us of. The suffering through the ages of women and girls; the pain borne by the entire feminine consciousness. Women who lived under laws they had no part in creating, mothers with no rights to their children, physical and sexual abuse, inequality in pay and conditions and the realisation that while we have come a long way, there is ways to go before we create a better world for our daughters to live in. What freedoms we enjoy today have been hard won and we need to remind ourselves of that daily.
Every woman who chooses not to exercise her right to vote should understand how much sacrifice and blood, sweat and tears it took to win that very right. We are very privileged to live in New Zealand; the first country in the world to give women the right vote, but there are still countries that consider half their population to have less rights than the other half.
It is a movie worth watching and even showing to our children, if only to help them gain an understanding that rights are not automatic and we owe it to those that sacrificed to get us those rights to know that.