Photograph of Indian suffragettes on the Women’s Coronation Procession, 17 June 1911. To mark the coronation of King George V, a huge march through London was arranged demanding votes for women in Coronation year. Led by suffragettes dressed as powerful women from the past, the march of 40,000 women was watched by crowds, some on specially erected stands. Indian suffragettes, including Mrs Roy, Mrs Mukerjea and Mrs Bhola Nauth marched in the Empire Pageant section of the procession along with representatives from New Zealand, South Africa and the West Indies.
I watched the film Suffragette yesterday and was deeply moved by what I saw. The sense of injustice, women not being considered equal to their male peers, was the drive and motivation for many incredible, ordinary women to rise and have their voices counted.
I was disappointed not to see any representation of the Asian women who I knew also lent their voices to this movement at that time, however appreciate that films can only focus on certain stories and angles. This article beautifully captures the efforts of Sophia Duleep Singh & Bhikaji Cama.
I have been pondering on whether today in 2015 Asian women are interested in the feminist movement. Do we as a community take the initiative to tackle sexism? Do you consider yourself a feminist? What have you done to demonstrate this?
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