Why would I make an educational documentary about women and politics?
Gertrude Harding. Auntie Gert, my mother's aunt, started haunting me a couple years ago. In her 20's, she belonged to the most radical group of women ever to fight for a women's equality: the Militant Suffragettes of Great Britain. Without their violent agitation, British women -- I should say, wealthy white British women -- might not have been granted the vote when War ended in 1918.I'm haunted. I'm haunted by the spirit of
But now Auntie Gert's dead. You'd think that my having written her biography might keep her spirit out of my hair. First I start noticing articles in newspapers:
"Numbers of Elected Women Down"
"All 10 City Councillors Men".
And then the story that brings home the absurdity of it all: a committee formed of members of my provincial legislature looked into whether to enact a law forcing companies to pay women the same wage as men for doing work of equal value -- a Pay Equity Law. Because there were so few elected women, it turned out that the committee was comprised of ... 11 men. And what did they decide?
Here are world rankings with respect to % women in government:
United Kingdom 58th
Why do we take it for granted that politicians should be mostly men? We let men make laws that affect women differently from them. We let our leaders -- almost all men -- appoint mainly men to be judges, to sit in judgment of other men who might have punched their wives or threatened their ex-girlfriends. Does this make sense?
Join me on my journey to hear why everything from poverty to foreign policy will be different when we change our menocracy to a true democracy. And learn how most other major democracies elect many more women than we do.
One hundred years ago my Auntie Gert and thousands of other suffragists in the UK and North America fought for political equality for women. What do you say we finish the job? <TOP>