Friday, October 9, 2015

Pankhurst - The White Feather Betrayal of History

In modern culture, the story we are given is a disingenous one — in the past men had the vote and women did not. The reality was much more complex, however, and many important historical perspectives have been airbrushed from of our collective memory. For example, the simple fact was that at the start of the 20th century, most men also did not have the right to a parliamentary vote. But this is rarely mentioned.

Furthermore, the suffragettes were among those who handed white feathers to males in not in uniform, including teenage boys as young as 16. Again, we don't generally get to hear this.

Emmeline Pankhurst is jeered by a crowd while giving a speech in New York in 1911

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