After my post yesterday, Getting the female vote, I started thinking about how women and their causes have changed over the years. The issues that concern some women today, such as daycare, abortion, and careers, were not even on our Grandmother’s radar.
Think about your own Grandmother’s or Great Grandmother’s (for you youngster’s).
Both my Grandmother’s came from Europe, by boat, and travelled in covered wagons to Alberta. It takes us 5 solid days of travelling from Edmonton to get to PEI, in our modern vehicle. Now, think about making that same journey in a covered wagon. All your worldly possessions in a little tiny wagon, and no you can’t take your computers, Xboxes, fridge, stove and other “necessities” with you, some flour, sugar and coffee will have to do, and livestock. Day after day, week after week, month after month, they travelled. What drove them?
Hope for a better life.
Was my Grandmother thinking about having someone else look after her kids? Daycare? HA, not likely. Even my Mother talks about the harvest crews who would come in the fall, to help get the wheat in before the snow. My Mom and Grandma spent day after day cooking, from before sunup to after sundown. They had no time to protest, anything. Try having 10 kids, see how much time you have on your hands to make trouble. Abortion, not in those days, they had more kids because not all of them would make it to adulthood.
Hope for a better life, meant freedom, your own land, and family. You worked hard just to survive. Would you live in a mud hut in the middle of a prairie winter?
With the industrial age, came freedom for men and women. New problems were created, so where is the pioneer spirit now? Feminists want equality, abortions and careers, not families, and definitely not men. What would my Grandmother’s think about feminists? If I could ask them, I bet they would both laugh, and explain that women had more true equality back in their day. I also bet, if they could vote, they would be Conservatives.