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Or not. The suffragette movement was a triumph of women working together. Emmeline founded the Women’s Social and Political Union at the forefront of the suffragette movement in the UK and worked alongside her daughters Christabel, Sylvia and Adela. They used radical, and sometimes criminal, measures that forced the political establishment to take notice. They thought it was appalling that half of the population had no voice in politics and couldn’t choose their own representatives. Emmeline tried to join her local Independent Labour Party, but was refused entry on account of her gender.

Perhaps she was thinking of the animal inhabitants of this world. There are many matriarchies in nature- elephants, ants, termites, bison, killer whales, snakes, lions, bees and bonobo chimps. I adore chimps- did you know that they have secret handshakes that they pass down through generations? Remarkable! Sorry, I digress. Maybe Ms Knowles had read the recent UN statistic that 75% of the world’s work is done by women, and therefore concluded that it is indeed women that are running things (even though men think it’s them).

She said, ‘Why should I imitate others, bow my head, stoop over and be a slave? ’ She beat the Chinese army in more than thirty battles, but was eventually defeated. Even after her death, it is rumoured that she appeared in the dreams of warriors for centuries, dressed in golden armour and riding an elephant, offering them her wisdom and guidance. Mary Harris ‘Mother’ Jones (1837-1930) ‘I asked a man in prison once how he happened to be there and he said he had stolen a pair of shoes. ’ -Mary Harris ‘Mother’ Jones, US Union Activist Throughout the 19th century in the US, pay was low, particularly for women and children, hours were long and there was no such thing as health and safety.

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