Saturday, October 10, 2009

1909 to 2009, 100 years of women's suffrage . . .

Today's photo shows the beginning of a celebration in honor of women's suffrage in Edinburgh. Hundreds of women (and their supporters) in turn of the century costume marched this afternoon through Old Town Edinburgh, many wearing purple, and many carrying banners and placards, beginning with: "A gude cause makes a strong arm."

Even the statue of staid Scottish philospher David Hume wore a purple scarf in honor of the day.
What an outpouring of people marching down High Street, drum bands and accordian bands intermingled with a good thirty minutes of groups passing by. What a spectacle. What an achievement, to bring the vote to women. My favorite: "Remember your ancestors worked for you. Vote!"

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