So I’ll say this right at the beginning, I know very little about history, politics or economics. This post is written because an image caught my eye.
It started with me spotting an image on Instagram, that sent me scrolling through social media sites. Which initiated a quick flick through Wikipedia, that led to an epic Google search. I became more and more interested and wanted to gather more information as it led me to find out things I just didn’t know. The image has ignited an interest and a need to understand more and it’s helped me to make up my mind on which way I should vote on 23rd June 2016 in the EU Referendum.
The image is of Alexa Chung, a young women known in popular media. She’s a model, a presenter, in fashion & known as a modern celeb!
I was particularly struck by the image of Alexa Chung outside Number 10, Downing Street, taken just a few days ago. It’s current, modern, but somehow it also seems historical. A black and white picture, with the iconic Number 10 doorway.
In a layered bohemian top, with the ‘IN’ slogan drawn on the palm of her hand, it stirred memories of images I’ve seen before.
Flash backs to things I’ve absorbed in my life. On TV, in the news, in magazines, in films, even back in school, where some history lessons made an impact!
Through my searches, I found out just a few weeks ago, was the 150th anniversary of the Suffrage petition. Presented to Parliament on 7th June 1866. This was the start of many years of protests by what became know as the Suffragettes. It wasn’t until 1928, after the First World War, after women had shown their worth and capabilities in the work place and throughout the war, that women were given equal voting rights as men.
The LN – Before the UN & EU
The League of Nations (abbreviated as LN in English) was an intergovernmental organisation founded on 10 January 1920 as a result of the Paris Peace Conference that ended the First World War. It was the first international organisation whose principal mission was to maintain world peace. Its primary goals, as stated in its Covenant, included preventing wars through collective security and disarmament and settling international disputes through negotiation and arbitration.
After a number of notable successes and some early failures in the 1920s, the League ultimately proved incapable of preventing aggression by the Axis powers in the 1930s. Germany withdrew from the League, as did Japan, Italy, Spain, and others. The onset of the Second World War showed that the League had failed its primary purpose, which was to prevent any future world war. The League lasted for 26 years.
United Nations (UN) replaced it after the end of the Second World War on 20 April 1946 and inherited a number of agencies and organisations founded by the League.
The EU – A peaceful Europe, the beginnings of cooperation (read more). The EU and the UN were set up with the same principal mission as the LN, to maintain peace between neighbours and it started to form at the end of the Second World War.
Since World War One and World War Two, and with the formation of the UN and EU, Women have gained more freedom. But, the campaign for equal rights and the civil rights of others has continued.
Margaret Thatcher, is a huge icon for many and forms part of my earliest memories of politics. A strong, hardworking women, a leader in a mans world and someone I grew up watching and admired.
(Margaret Thatcher outside 10 Downing Street with husband Denis, after leading her party to victory in the 1979: Image http://www.bbc.co.uk/democracylive/22070342)
This is the vote of our generation
Women have protested through the years to give us this opportunity. This is the vote of our generation.
The EU referendum debate is confusing. It’s hard to decipher the facts, especially when we are bombarded daily by opposing opinions.
But, Female ministers and women in the public eye have been urging female voters to cast their vote and make their voices heard. A variety of famous faces, including Alexa Chung, have joined the debate with one overriding message for us all: whatever your opinion, just vote.
I am a Mumpreneur, a full time Mum, a working Mum. I am a supporter of Mum’s setting up small businesses, local business, Insta shops, Etsy shops. I am part of the #Motherhood. I support, share and care for the growing community across the world. Of strong, independent women, working hard whilst raising the next generation. Through my blog and via social media, I have the freedom to engage with Women, Mothers, all around the world.
This is the vote of our generation for the next generation. I will exercise my right to vote on Thursday.
I’m voting IN.
MP Sarah Newton;
In Britain today we have record numbers of women in employment, the lowest gender pay gap in history and the highest ever numbers of female entrepreneurs and women led business. In fact – Britain has been named the best country in Europe for women to start a business, and there is no doubt that Britain’s female entrepreneurs benefit from access to the world’s largest single market of 500 million people. Leaving the EU would put this all at risk.
The EU also has a proud history of standing at the forefront of EU efforts to tackle the barbaric practices of forced marriage, FGM and human trafficking. Not only does the EU provide significant investment to tackle these crimes; it protects women through legislation, supports transnational projects and facilitates the exchange of good practice. And it makes us safer – thanks to the European Arrest warrant we’ve been able to get 7,000 suspects, including those guilty of murder, rape and child abuse out of the UK and brought 1,000 of those who committed similar crimes and fled to Europe, back to face justice.
And it looks set to be female voters who will decide Britain’s future in the European Union. Recent polling shows that women’s votes are up for grabs – with almost twice as many female voters undecided about which way to vote than men.
Recent data shows 11% of women say they are undecided – meaning as many as 2.74m women could be yet to make their minds up. And around 1 in 7 of those women saying they currently intend to vote Remain or Leave, also say they may end up changing their mind. Together – that means nearly 1 in 4 women’s votes are still to play for.
Polls show women just want to hear the arguments so they can make their mind up and want to focus on the issues at hand. Women want to know how the public services they rely on will be impacted by the economic shock of the UK leaving the EU. Women also want to know what the impact will be on their families, their children and grandchildren – something the Leave campaign have repeatedly shown they cannot do.
What we do know is what we have been able to achieve, the rights we have gained, the opportunities made available. Our life as we know it.
I believe we are better, together, IN the EU.