Seen. Not heard.
This is how women should supposedly be.
Three of our readings this past week highlighted how silence is quite the golden virtue in the eyes of society in regards to women.
If you aren’t quiet, then someone will quiet you down.
Seen. Not heard.
Women across history have been told this time and time again.Just to sit still and look pretty. Be a pretty toy for everyone to look at and then put back on a shelf. Be passive. Do not talk unless someone talks to you first. Don’t do this. Don’t say that. Don’t say anything, you pretty thing.
But women have something to say.
In the early 1900s the National Woman’s Party spoke up. They spoke up right outside the doors of the White House. These women wanted a damn voice. They wanted to be heard in elections. They wanted votes, and by god, they were going to get their voices heard.
These women who wanted the basic right to vote were the Suffragettes.
And you take a second, you will notice just how much Suffragette sounds like suffering.
There was quite a bit of suffering on their behalf. These women were often arrested. Sent to jail and taken from their families. Opposed vehemently. Fought tooth and nail against.
All because they were making their voices heard.
But, as we know, this story has quite the happy ending. In 1920, after years and years of struggle, with the ratification of the 19th amendment, women got the right to vote.
Thanks to these brave and strong Suffragettes who got their voices heard and acknowledged, we have the beautiful opportunity to get our voices heard and acknowledged.
P.S. Don’t let their efforts be in vain. Vote.