Communists used to be big on IWD, as I remember, though it’s not like they went deep with it; nothing about women’s rights or anything. Worker’s union (there was only one) would give female employees in all workplaces a flower–a single carnation–and a small present and afterwards there would be little celebrations or a parties. It was just an opportunity for them to pat themselves on the back, look how great we are and respect women! Also, because at that time we didn’t celebrate Mother’s Day, kids at school would make presents for their mums, like a handmade card or similar.
I tried to imitate the Rosie the Riveter poster using my Captain Marvel doll and a yellow card paper.
Chrisjen Avasarala from The Expanse, responding to mansplainers:
Or you can have the pure female rage from the Game of Thrones:
What of my wrath, Lord Stark?
It’s really a short story: The Yellow Wallpaper by Charlotte Perkins Gilman.
Based on author’s real life experience, it’s a tale of a woman, who is after the birth of her baby taken by her husband to a countryside mansion for a prescribed “rest cure”. He doesn’t let her do anything, as she must only rest and she is slowly driven insane by the yellow wallpaper on the walls of her room. I call it the Madwoman in the Attic Origin Story and it’s available for free on Gutenberg here.
For this occasion I’ve taken some pictures of The Pankhurst Centre. This is where Emmeline Pankhurst, the suffragette, lived with her daughters.
Emmeline Pankhurst was born in Manchester and this house is where she started Women’s Social and Political Union–the organisation fighting for the women’s right to vote. First women were given right to vote 100 years ago–those over the age of 30 who owned property. Finally, in 1928 the suffrage was extended to all women over 21.
There is a little museum inside but I haven’t been in–the Centre is only open on Thursdays and two Sundays a month. Something for a future post then!
For more information on The Pankhurst Centre, visit their website.