Arresting Feminists Then & Now

Thu, 08/21/2014 - 11:49
Submitted by Carlin Ross

Sometimes you have to disrupt things to affect real change.

Pictured on the left is a woman being restrained by three police officers for demonstrating outside Buckingham Palace in 1914. Pictured on the right is a Femen activist with "Get out of my vagina" written on her chest being detained by riot police for crashing an anti-abortion demonstration in 2013.

I love these women.

Editor in Chief & Keeper of All Things Betty Dodson

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Thu, 08/21/2014 - 13:13

Any idea where the 2013 picture was taken? It doesn't look like UK police & protestors.

Was the 1914 protest about women's suffrage or the war?

Yes, 1914 was the war for

Fri, 08/22/2014 - 09:24
Carlin Ross

Yes, 1914 was the war for suffrage.  The Femen picture is from an anti-abortion rally in Madrid

Sanger etc

Sun, 08/24/2014 - 12:41

This post reminds me that there are still so many battles to be fought around the world but also at home in order for women to share in the same rights as men.

The women's suffrage movement in the UK divided between those who supported the government during the Great War (1914-18) and those with a more sceptical viewpoint. The story of the Pankhurst women is a good example of the divisions.

The story of Sanger (shown in your link to this post) who supported birth control (primarily diaphragms/barrier methods?)  but opposed abortion can also be divisive.

What a shame that those divisions are used so effectively to prevent real change.