‘If I can stop one heart breaking, I shall not live in vain’ … Emily Dickinson
In 1918, 100 years ago, women stood together and changed our world. These women stood for us all, for our children and for the women who aren’t even born yet. They stood against men, other women and even their own families who didn’t agree with what they were doing. They stood brave and strong, some died fighting, some lived fighting, they marched, they protested and, in the end, they gave women a voice … that voice has and still is getting louder every day.
Women first got the vote in 1918 but not all women. Women’s rights still had along way to go but these ordinary women did the unordinary. Here in 2018 unfortunately we are still fighting for the rights of women all over the world. We have come such along way but we need to keep shouting, we need to scream … for ourselves and for those who helped us find our voices. I believe we still have a long way to go but I also believe people are taking note now of what we have to say, the world has noticed the women for what we are.
The ‘me too’ movement started by a # in October 2017, both gave hope and shocked the world. This movement to demonstrate the prevalence of sexual assault and harassment spread worldwide in a matter of days. Started in Hollywood it ended with thousands of women around the world speaking up. Although its truly shocking how many women, me included have suffered sexual abuse, things like this need to happen to blow the taboo out of the water.
‘We have been wronged but we have a voice and we will use it,’ this is the message we are sending, we will not stand for it anymore. We are humans, we have rights and we WILL be taken seriously. I wanted to write a blog on this subject as its so close to my heart, as a woman who has suffered sexual abuse and domestic abuse, but also has felt invisible in the world I wanted to express my gratitude to those who have fought and still fight for my rights, for every women’s rights. I have been silenced in my life, by men and by fear, starting this blog was a massive step for me but it’s been one of the best things I’ve done, to speak out about what happened to me is liberating and the messages I receive from other women after I’ve wrote a blog shows its helped others. Its given me a voice, I’ve had backlash from people who don’t want me to say my side of the story and I’m sure that will continue, sometimes I’m scared to post, sometimes I want to give it all up and hide … but I won’t hide anymore. I’m sure every woman who has fought, and who has shared her story was scared too but they never gave up and look at the difference they made.
To every other woman reading this I urge you to use your voice, shout until you are heard. Women have already changed the world and we can continue to do so for the next 100 years.
‘Times up’ … we are fighting back … and you better watch out!
Thank you to the amazing women who gave us our voices 100 years ago. Let’s give our daughters, nieces, granddaughters no reason to say ‘me too’ lets keep being brave and stand together.
As a mother of boys I would like to add this quote I saw and it really touched me …
“We’re the generation of women who will teach their sons to act respectfully instead of teaching our daughters to beware”
Who run the world ?