In case you’ve been living under a rock these past few months,you may have missed out on this little election going on in America – The Presidential Election. This years presidential campaign seemed to be full with more twists and turns then our favourite soap operas, leaving the rest of the world questioning Americas faith. With the popularity polls rapidly changing and new skeletons being pushed out of the candidates closet each week, Clinton V Trump turned into a real nail-biter of an election! Now,unless you really have been living under a rock these past few weeks, you may have missed the two parties final campaigns before the big voting day,which took place November 8th, and while the election polls across America tallied the votes,the world waited with baited breath.
And just like that, history was made as Donald Trump became the forty fifth president of the United States.
Even though Hillary Clinton wasn’t elected as president,it’s still a huge accomplishment for women everywhere. It’s hard to believe that there was a time when women didn’t even have equal right men, and it’s harder to believe that some rights are continued to be overlooked across the world.
It wasn’t until 1928 when Britain finally gave woman the right to vote after years of campaigning by the women rights group, the Suffragettes. The Suffragettes, also known as the ‘Women’s Social And Political Union’, was formed and led by Emmeline Pankhurst in 1903.The groups name, Suffragettes, comes from the word “suffrage” which means to have the right to vote.The movement campaigned for the improvement in women’s rights, especially the right to divorce, the right to an education, the right to the same occupations as men and, most importantly, the right to vote. Suffragette members were determined to obtain the right to vote for women by any means and campaigned tirelessly and sometimes violently to achieve this aim and they would heckle politicians, hold marches, chain themselves to railings as a form of protest and even attack policemen, believing violence was the way to gain women the same rights as men. These violent acts often lead to the Suffragettes being imprisoned,but they felt it was all necessary to bring attention to their cause.
One Suffragette even died for the cause,believing that one tragedy could save others. Emily Wilding Davison died on the 4th of June 1913, the day of the Epsom Derby. The Epsom Derby is an annual event where society’s elite turned up, including the Royal family who traditionally had a horse entered into it and in 1913, the King, King George V entered a horse into the race. During the race, Davison ran out onto the race course as the last three horses, which included the Kings horse, rounded the bend on the track. The Kings horse,Anmer, was third from last as Davison ran out from underneath the barrier. Davison and the horse collided and the impact took her clean off the ground and she was trampled by Anmer and the remaining horses. Davison died four days later from fatal injuries. Davison believed that only the loss of life “could put an end to the intolerable torture of women.”
The road towards equality has never been an easy one for women,but now as the world heads into this new era for women, it’s safe to say the Suffragettes would still be proud of Hillary.
So,I’ll leave you now with the famous words of Suffragette leader,Emmeline Pankhurst –
“We are here, not because we are law breakers, we are here in our efforts to become law makers”