Today marks 100 years since women were given the right to vote. Since then women have continued to fight for their rights every day. World famous Suffragettes such as Emily Davison and our very own Mancunian badass, Emmeline Pankhurst, gave the ultimate sacrifice for the women of the future, and now we continue to fight.
It’s time to embrace the life lessons that the Suffragettes have taught us, and use them in our day to day lives.
1. Find your voice and use it
The time has come where we have a voice and we can finally use it, but that doesn’t mean the badass Suffragettes didn’t feel fear when they spoke up. Wynne Nevinson, one of the avid Suffragette campaigners, felt terrified the first time she spoke up in public, but the feeling soon wore off with practice and soon turned into a feeling of empowerment. Whether it’s speaking up in class or voicing your opinion in a meeting, don’t ever let fear stop you.
2. F*ck the haters
The Suffragettes weren’t strangers to receiving hate mail (shock, right?) and although times have changed, unfortunately, you’re bound to come across haters. Seriously, if there is one thing you can take from this, it’s to ignore all the negatives around you and focus on your own path.
3. Stand up for what you believe in
There are going to be hundreds of times where you’ll need to stand up for what you truly believe in your heart, is the right decision. Take it from us – doing the right thing is always the right thing. The Suffragettes always stood up for what they believed in, even if it was a harder path to get there.
4. Get sh*t done
The women of the Suffragettes didn’t hang about in getting to work with fighting for what they knew was right, and the same applies to our daily lives. That thing you’ve been putting off doing for weeks, get it done like right now, and you’ll feel a huge sense of achievement.
5. Never give up
Nobody should ever give up on what they believe in, even more so for a woman. Though the odds defied the Suffragettes, again and again, they marched on. Their determination and constant battle are undoubtedly one of the ways the vote was passed in 1920. So whether it’s working towards your dream job or just a project you’re struggling with, if you have a determination and willingness, your hard work will pay off in the end.