On sunday I put up a diary Rays of Hope.  We do a lot of those kind of diaries here.  Trying to look on the positive side and not the negative.  That is my particular bent, you might say.

Now with the big influx of Kossaks, I feel all these rays of hope entering this arena and boy do I feel we are going to do something grand with all these rays floating about.

I keep thinking of the words Shoulder to Shoulder mentioned on this site several times in the last few days.  You know that was the song of the suffragettes.  Shoulder to shoulder we stand.  We have a great heritage as women and it seems we still need to stand together.  What might we accomplish??
Here is a little about the Suffragettes movement:


The fight for the right for women to vote was a violent revolution for the rights of equal citizenship led by Emmiline Pankhurst and her fellow Suffragettes. The following is a brief account of their fight for equal rights, and the women who were part of that sometimes bloody and violent fight.

  In Manchester on October 10 1903, Emmiline Pankhurst’s patience finally ran out. Tired of being pleasant to MP’s in order to get them to give women the vote, she called for more militant action. ‘Deeds, not words’ was to be the motto of the Women’s Social and Political Union. (W.S.P.U.) Emmiline expected a fight but little did she envisage the violent and often savage struggle that was to follow on the basis of that motto. Her movement was confined to independent women only, with no party affiliations. They were women of principle and pursued their goal with great passion, determination and fortitude.

They were going to need all these attributes and more before their struggle was over.

On May 19, 1905, a deputation of ten women went to speak to the Prime Minister. Amongst those women was Emily Davies LL.D., who was seventy-six years old. It was Emily who handed the first women’s suffrage petition to the Prime Minister. In return all they received was some advice about ‘being patient’. This was not the result they wanted. They wanted to be taken seriously.

What parallels can be drawn between then and now, I wonder.  
What are your thoughts and do you see the rays of light and hope I do.  

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