Nathan Hackett / In honor of Women’s Day

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In honor of Women’s Day, when people take a step back to look at social and political achievements of women, Nathan Hackett’s illustration of women who led the Suffrage movement in Britain is not only timely but a reminder of how far women have come.

The origin of the name suffragette (‘ette’ added to indicate quaintness) was originally intended to be sneering and patronizing.  It was considered a form of slander and a way to ridicule the movements of tiny, hysterical women by a conservative establishment.

Ironically, women agitators donned the name with pride, fighting back with hunger strikes, public disorder and jiu-jitsu (under the tutelage of martial artist, Edith Garrud).

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