In many countries around the world today is a celebration of Women. Men give presents to their wives, daughters, mothers and grand-mothers. In the Miss Jones office we are not having a day off like all the nations who celebrate but we are having our own Celebrations! We brought ourselves a beautiful bunch of flowers and we are playing ‘Independent Women’ by ‘Destiny’s Child’ on repeat!
Today is the day to celebrate being a woman. Though obviously you should be celebrating your sex every day. Today is the day that all women can celebrate together!
Pre 1918 women couldn’t vote. In 1918 an act was passed that women over the age of 30 who met a property qualification could vote. 8.5 million women met this criteria, this only represented 40% of the total population of women in the UK.
It was not until 1928 that the Equal Franchise Act got passed. This meant that women over the age of 21 were able to vote and women finally achieved the same rights as men.
So today is the day to celebrate the suffragettes and what they achieved for us. As women we can now vote and work in the same jobs as men, something that women in Britain pre 1918 could only dream of. There is still work to be done, women still do not get equal pay to men, we still do not have enough seats in Parliament or enough CEO’s who are women. But today we need to be thankful for what the women before us have done and keep fighting for our rights for the generations after us!
Miss Jones xxx
Miss Jones xxx