As the great grand-daughter of Emmeline Pankhurst, and grand-daughter of Sylvia Pankhurst, it is no surprise that a passion for women's rights runs in my veins.And how is that expressed?
… many of the women who "acted" as feminist agitators at the opening ceremony will be campaigning on 24 October, joining UK Feminista's lobby of parliament. The event will give women and men from across the UK the opportunity to speak truth to power by lobbying their MPs en masse. Parliament will be treated to a chorus of voices calling for an end to the attacks on women's rights and greater commitment to equality.Who knew there even was an ‘attack on women’s rights’? I guess it must have passed me by…
Eighty-four years on from all women gaining the vote, we are still outnumbered four to one in parliament, and 42 years after winning the legal right to equal pay, women still face a full-time pay gap of 15%, while 40% of women of ethnic minorities live in poverty. In addition, up to three million women and girls in the UK experience rape, domestic violence, stalking or other violence each year.Seems like the same old bovine byproducts that have been debunked time and again.
The result of all this is a shredding of women's economic independence, and erosion of the fundamental right to live free from violence.Wow! I didn’t realise women had such a right! Clearly, men needn’t apply. Who cares about them facing violence..?
Clearly not Helen and her shrill chums.
That's why my daughter Laura and I will be reunited with the "Olympic suffragettes" on 24 October, joining UK Feminista to lobby for an end to the backsliding on women's rights. A future the suffragettes would have been proud of is possible – it's time parliament stepped up to help build it.I don’t think the suffragettes – who faced real hardship, real inequality and took real, painful action – would consider your manufactured grievances anything more than the whinging of women who don’t even know they are born.