Thursday, February 28, 2019

No Votes for You

I follow only my relatives on Facebook, and that's it. My sister-in-law's husband Phil is a brilliant man, truly brilliant Senior Directer of IT in a school district. He obviously searches for and finds the weirdest stuff to send onto us, people who love him.

But, every now and then, he finds gems.


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Woodrow Wilson had suffragettes picketing White House
They went on a hunger strike.  Then they were force fed raw eggs. More info

Here are some key phrases from the article you may access in "more info":

"...clubbed, beaten and tortured by guards at the Occoquan Workhouse...33 suffragists from the Nat'l Woman's Party had been arrested Nov. 10, 1917 while picketing outside the White House for the right to vote."

Some women were "tied by (her) hands to bars above her cell and forced to stand all night." One "suffered a heart attack and was denied medical care until the next morning". Hunger strikes resulted in forced feeding.

But there is more that happened. I won't detail the horror performed upon them.  This is something to relay: "The superintendent W.H. Whittaker (who) ordered beatings, called for Marines to guard the compound."

Pres. Woodrow Wilson and the Democratic congress stayed silent. 

This unequivocal torture and cruelty lasted so long, indeed long after U.S. involvement in and after WW1.  

At that time, 20,000,000 million women being regarded as chattel in America alone. In some countries there has been little or no change regarding the status of women.
Okay, I am done reciting the horrors of history and women.  

Thanks, Phil.

34 comments:

  1. Amazing how far we have come, and how far we have left to go.

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  2. Whenever women try to obtain or assert their rights, they will often be met with violence -- governmental/police violence in the old days, sexual violence in our own times.

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  3. We've come a long way, baby!

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    1. That sounds like a cigarette commercial from the 70s.

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  4. Well, that's two horror stories I didn't know before. Just when you think things are disgusting now...

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    1. Women's rights have come a long way, true. But, in the South, women are viewed as little more than housewives masquerading as secretaries (when they should be home). This is little more than how African Americans are viewed.

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  5. What was that movie? Iron Jawed Angels? It depicted some of that forced feeding. Brutal times. I remember these women when I go vote. I find it sad that people have become apathetic. Or when women vote against their own interests.

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    1. All voters must read and process what is being said. It seems to me that many women representatives are ignoring the real issues that women face.

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  6. This part of our nation is shameful, especially that late in our history. But, BUT I am proud of the fighters who made the VOTE happen. We men are a little thick at times, and learn slow, but we can be taught, honest!!
    From Florida again,
    Sherry & jack

    PS: I did see a lot of truth in the Marriage advice. ;-)

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  7. Many states still have archaic laws concerning treatment of women. Several states have laws concerning the size of a stick used to punish a wife. We have the right to vote now. We need to use it.

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    1. The archaic laws that have been left on the books are outrageous.

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  8. Pres. Woodrow Wilson and the Democratic congress stayed silent.
    And now they won't shut up.
    Terrible what they did to those women. A hundred years later and I just don't get it.

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    1. Today I viewed history of women, African-Americans, and Native Americans. Furious. Angry. Enraged. The horrors these people have suffered in inhumane.

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  9. I never knew about those horrors done to women picketing, certainly things like that aren't shown in movies. How could the government of the time stay silent??? shame on them.

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    1. Selective blindness as a result of centuries of disdain led to such silence.

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  10. I was reading an article in the newspaper today that Ikea have produced a furniture catalogue for the ultra-Orthodox Jewish community in Israel that has left out images of women and children. I'm glad to say Ikea are being sued.

    In some ways we've come along way, in others, not that far at all.

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    1. The cultures and religious beliefs of the Asian-Middle East are so primitive, esp. when it comes to women.

      Ikea should be boycotted unless these ideas are ignored.

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  11. And that is why I get so GD furiouis when some woman says "Oh, I don't bother voiting. What's the point?" It sets me off on a tirade the likes of which you have never seen. Lazy stupid women...get out there and VOTE damn it.

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    1. Is it ignorance? Apathy? Lack of historical understanding? No excuses.

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  12. I knew I owed so much to the suffragettes but I had no idea just how much. How on earth did they hold up under such torture and why where so many blind eyes turned? However, I am ever so grateful they did.

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    1. Where were their families? One of the imprisoned women was married to a member of Wilson's secretaries. He quit, and revealed her letters she had written. They were published, and that changed public opinion somewhat.

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  13. Susan:
    ...And to think that Wilson and his ilk were of the "progressive" political slant.
    Anything BUT, imho.
    But then again, he was the same guy that thought Birth of a Nation was "lightning in a bottle" and loved the film.
    (the word repugnant comes to mind)

    Crazy stuff.

    Very good post and comments.

    Be well out there.

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    1. When I saw "Birth of a Nation" on TV, I was horrified! Just recently there was a "Mysteries in the Museum" which showed the defiance African-Americans exhibited at the premier of the movie.

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  14. Oh my God! I never knew anything about this. How could men treat women in such a manner. If a man was to treat my wife in such a manner, I kick him in the ass, excuse my language. That makes me angry. Thanks Susan to showing me this from the past. See ya.


    Cruisin Paul

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    1. History teaches so much if only we read and listen.

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  15. Come a long way in parts of the world, but not long enough, and rather pathetic how long it took humans to get there.

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    1. My grandmothers were young women during this time period. I wish I could have asked them about this.

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  16. Things sure have changed for the better.

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  17. oh this is really frightening story dear Susan!

    world is always like a battlefield for a woman no matter to where she belongs

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  18. Certainly the lives of women have changed by leaps and bounds over the years. Of course a lot of ground to cover still.
    Ideally, labels like gender, religion, colour, demography, nationality, etc should not matter. It's only humanness and proficiency in the work one does that should really matter.

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Go ahead...it won' t hurt...I'd love to hear what you think!