It is coming to the end of National Women’s History month, but I can’t let it pass by without saying something about why we celebrate this time of year. There as been so many remarkable women throughout the history that have changed our society that we live in today. If it wasn’t for the bravery of some exceptional women, none of us women would be free today.
Jane Austen 1775 -1817
Jane Austen was a literary figure that has had more influence on British culture than anyone else, including herself
would have ever known. Jane started writing from an early age, she was only a teenager when she started putting pen to paper. She went on to write six major novels which revealed what it was really like to live in the 1700’s and early 1800’s. Her novels gave us an insight of what it was like to live during those times, something we would not of been able to do if it wasn’t for the likes of her novels. Four of which were released within just four years of each other Whilst she was alive she had submitted her work anonymously, so she never got the credit or recognition she so deserved.. it was only when Jane died that it came to light, that she had wrote them herself. It as now been just over two hundred years since her death, and now there are millions of people that carry her around in their pocket every single day, because her face is now on the new £10 note it is a way of marking, on what a massive impact her work still as today.
Mary Seacole 1805 – 1881
Mary Seacole was in her late forties when she travelled from her home in Jamaica to Britain to offer her services as a nurse during the Crimean War (1853-!856). Despite her being turned down on numerous occasions. Mary was a woman on a mission as she refused to give up, she was a woman who was mixed race with a Jamaican mother and Scottish father, she has had to deal with prejudice and impediment her whole entire life.
Mary Seacole funded her own way across to the Crimea where she established the British Hotel near Balaclava. Nineteenth century soldiers had no support from welfare and Mary’s hotel provided them with support, and a comfortable retreat away from battle. They were given accommodations for them to convalesce the wounded and sick. Mary would nurse the wounded soldiers whilst still on the battlefield earning the title Mother Seacole.
Susan B Anthony 1820 – 1906
Susan B Anthony was born into a family that were Quakers and activists, against the anti-slavery movement. Susan was bought up in a strict Quaker climate, so it was only right that she followed in their footsteps, but she did something her parents couldn’t do and that was she changed the history for women all around the world.
Susan B Anthony was an American activist for civil rights. She campaigned relentlessly against slavery and for women to have the same right as men to vote. Susan was the co-founder of the Women’s Temperance Movement which campaigned to tighten up the law on alcohol. she played a significant part in equal rights for women, and in the passing of the nineteenth amendment (1920) which gave women the vote.
Emily Hobhouse 1860 – 1926
Emily Hobhouse was a campaigner for the British welfare during the time of the Anglo-Boer War (1899-1902) in South Africa. She has raised many funds for the Boer women and children whom were displaced by the war and they were housed by the British in overcrowded camps.
After Emily visited the camps she then submitted a report to the British government highlighting all the horrendous and terrible conditions they were submitted too, which then resulted in an official inquiry. Emily was one of the first women in history to successfully ever challenge the British government, and went on to raise social awareness for the plight of civilian populations caught up in conflict.
Bessie Coleman 1892 – 1926
In 1921, Bessie Coleman was the first American woman to get her international pilot’s licence, despite their being racial discrimination preventing her to go to the American flying schools.
Bessie travelled all the way to France to earn her license, she then returned to America where racial gender bias prevented from becoming a commercial pilot. Stunt flying was her only option and she staged the first public flight by an African-American woman in the US. It was third of September 1922, when Bessie Coleman had drawn in huge crowds to her shows, refusing to perform before segregated audiences and raising money to found a school to train black aviators.
I would like to thank all the women that changed this world we now live in for the better.
See you all next week!