Right, back to the history (and as an aside I’ve realised what I’ve been doing here – echoing Caryl Churchill’s Top Girls, a play in which various female icons from history and myth – Isabella Bird, Pope Joan, Lady Nijo, Dull Gret, Patient Griselda – gather together for a meal.)
Today’s birthday belongs to Susan B Anthony, February 15, 1820 – March 13, 1906, campaigner for women’s rights, abolition of slavery, temperance and suffrage for all in the USA.
Gloriously she was arrested and tried for voting!
This somewhat backfired on the government despite a completely unfair trial, as it gave her an unrivalled platform for her views. She was fined $100, which she refused to pay.
It was we, the people; not we, the white male citizens; nor yet we, the male citizens; but we, the whole people, who formed the Union … The true republic: men, their rights and nothing more: women, their rights and nothing less.
Susan was too busy campaigning to have much of a private life but seems like a good sort, with lots of women friends.
I declare to you that woman must not depend upon the protection of man, but must be taught to protect herself, and there I take my stand
Obviously she wouldn’t want to get in with some of the rowdy drinkers I’ve invited, but we could always have a genteel pre-yard-arm version with tea and lemon slices, and a nice madeira cake.
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