Did you ladies wash up you luncheon dishes before you came down here to ask me for the vote? If you haven’t, you’d better go home. – Albert Sifton, Premier of Alberta

 

That was 1913 in front of the Alberta legislature when 100 women marched to ask for the vote.

A year later in Manitoba the sniffy premier Rodmond Roblin, no less disgusted with women taking a stand and asking for some equality, snarled, “You are breaking up the home and your actions will throw the children into the arms of servant girls.”

He also huffed, “The mother that is worthy of the name and of the affection of a good man has a hundredfold more influence in shaping public opinion around her dinner table than she would have in the marketplace, hurling her eloquent phrases at the multitude.”

A nice way to say, stay home bitches!

But how is the dinner table shaped without knowledge of the outside world?? Dumbass.

Look I’m not pulling any punches.

I grew up in a male dominant household.

The boys should be given every opportunity to receive education. The girls are a waste of good money because they’ll just get married, have kids and that’s that.

I fought hard to go to university in the 70’s.

I think I won. Well I did attend but with tremendous push from my own mother and her diligent investigation into bursaries and loans so the financial impact would be less in our household.

It was a struggle to be sure.

I am grateful to the woman who saw potential in me. My momma! Appreciate her so much and at times feel the loss of her presence gone.

So I’m telling you now, those days are gone.

Oh wait!

Didn’t Hunger Games Mockingjay heroine Jennifer Lawrence say out loud in a recent interview, “When the Sony hack happened and I found out how much less I was being paid than the lucky people with dicks, I didn’t get mad at Sony. I got mad at myself,” she wrote on Lenny. “I failed as a negotiator because I gave up early. I didn’t want to keep fighting over millions of dollars that, frankly, due to two franchises, I don’t need.”

And how about Patricia Arquette at her 2015 Oscar acceptance speech.

Actress Patricia Arquette’s call for wage equality during her 2015 Oscar acceptance speech brought an issue affecting countless women to the forefront and inspired one of the toughest equal pay laws in the nation.

Look.

It’s about 100 years now.

It’s a suffrage centennial and a reminder of life before the rights revolution.

And we’re not done.

This world needs you and your strength to make it equal and strong without damaging and overpowering anyone.

Best way to do this is to put your message out there.

You have a right.

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