In the movie, Suffragette (October 2015), motivational speakers consisted of certain women in the late 19th century who initiated a movement that changed the course of history, as we know it.
A leader of the movement, Emmeline Pankhurst (England), one of the motivational speakers who fought for the right to vote for women, says in the movie:
"For fifty years, we have labored peacefully to secure the vote for women. We've been ridiculed, battered and ignored."
We see here that the women of the time attempted, without violence, to obtain the right to vote. However, when that did not move any such mountain, they decided to do what made "certain men" stop and listen. They made their own bombs and shattered the windows of local establishments. This was a wake up call and initiated the ball rolling towards equality.
This great of the motivational speakers continues:
"We are fighting for a time in which every little girl born into this world will have an equal chance with her brother."
It has been one hundred years since women have been granted the right to vote in the United States, a privilege some of us take for granted. We are half the population and at the time had no say what so ever in the making of any law, much less the right to vote on what was to eventually become a law or who was to uphold it. Our voices were not heard. We were silenced by our husbands, fathers, brothers and every other man who was near to us. We were physically beaten, thrown in jail and had our children taken away from us in order to silence our cries to be heard. The men at the time thought this type of "punishment" would stop us in our tracks and put us back where they wanted us...on our knees obeying them.
Continuing with motivational speakers, Emmeline Pankhurst further states in the movie, Suffragette:
"We do not want to be law breakers. We want to be law makers."
Most women are typically non-violent, I believe. To be persuaded to become violent in order to get a message across must have been horrifying for some. These women are our history and have become so due to their courage, perseverance and bravery. When you watch the movie, based on true events, you will see one woman who actually gave her life for the procurement of the right to vote for women.
Motivational speakers were needed at this time in history. Not only were women not allowed to vote, they had no rights over their own children. If they worked, wages were considerably lower than their male counterpart. And, at the workplace, women were subject to physical and sexual brutality at the hands of their supervisors.
Women protested for their rights and were put in prisons because of it. One woman in the movie, after being locked up, said to her oppressor:
"What are you going to do? Lock us all up? We're in every home, we're half the human race, you can't stop us all."
In the movie, a book is passed around to the suffragettes to inspire them. The book is: Dreams by Olive Schreiner, a South African author, feminist and one of the motivational speakers who put her vocal words into the written form.
In the beginning of the book, the author writes:
"The woman wanderer goes forth on the path towards freedom. She wonders, 'I am alone, utterly alone. Why do I go to this far land?' And reason says to her, 'Silence, what do you hear? Thousands, and they beat this way...Feet of those who follow you. Lead on."
Lead on, indeed. These motivational speakers and writers have
established and enacted freedoms we now enjoy. Let's continue the
perseverance and fight for liberty.
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