terça-feira, 13 de maio de 2008


A Suffragette's home

Cartaz da National League for Opposing Woman Suffrage (1900)

A Suffragette's home (pormenor)

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Via 5 Dias.

"In the late 19th century, Europe and the United States, Australia and a handful of other countries struggled towards democracy. Few men had to fight as hard as almost all women for their basic rights to work, to vote, to own property, but perhaps those women who found themselves on the political battleground were the lucky ones. Three quarters of the world's women couldn't even protest against their traditional roles of looking after the home, hut or hovel and raising the family that so often starved and ailed in it.

In 1852, Florence Nightingale had despairingly written: «Women are never supposed to have any occupation of sufficient importance not to be interrupted.» But, in the West at least, women's lives were dramatically changing. By the early 1900s there were 174,000 female shop assistants in Germany, 76,000 female local government officials in Britain, and the invention of the typewriter had led to a 25-fold increase in the number of women clerks in Europe.

Women could now go to university, join sports clubs, smoke in public, travel, and, in middle-class cases, live independently of men. But they couldn't vote. Many of their sex thought they shouldn't. In 1877, Mrs Sutherland Orr declared: «The one fatal result of female emancipation is that... not only the power of love in women, but for either sex... will have passed away.»

Love or politics? Many middle- and upper-class women in Britain and United States chose politics. The women who set fire to churches, chained themselves to the railings of important buildings, slashed famous paintings and smashed shop windows almost all came from 'good' families."

in Camera in conflict (1996), Nick Yapp

Já aqui tinha posto este vídeo, mas vale sempre a pena:

Women, know your limits, Harry Enfield & Chums