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A salute to our Canadian Sisters

Their's is a History of Struggle

The Person's Clause in Canada was passed in 1929. Marion Isobel Douglas, later Marion Barry, was born in 1921. According to the times, Marion Isobel Douglas was not born a person.

Marion Barry's story is a story of women who were ground-breakers. These brave women from the early 1900s made a huge difference in the lives we live today.

Remember, it was not until 1920 that women were granted the right to vote.


Marion Barry

 

    
Marion Barry at home                                             Suffragette in jail     


Marion Barry, and Sisters of the struggle, picketing.

The women were innocent and defenseless, but when, in North America , women picketed in front of the White House, carrying signs asking for the vote, they were jailed.

And by the end of the first night in jail, those women were barely alive. Forty prison guards wielding clubs and their warden's blessing went on a rampage against the 33 women wrongly convicted of 'obstructing sidewalk traffic.'

They beat Lucy Burns, chained her hands to the cell bars above her head and left her hanging for the night, bleeding and gasping for air.

They hurled Dora Lewis into a dark cell, smashed her head against an iron bed and knocked her out cold. Her cellmate, Alice Cosu, thought Lewis was dead and suffered a heart attack.

Additional affidavits describe the guards grabbing, dragging, beating, choking, slamming, pinching, twisting and kicking the women.

Thus unfolded the 'Night of Terror' on Nov. 15, 1917, when the warden at the Occoquan Workhouse in Virginia ordered his guards to teach a lesson to the suffragists imprisoned there because they dared to picket Woodrow Wilson's White House for the right to vote.

For weeks, the women's only water came from an open pail. Their food -- all of it colorless slop -- was infested with worms.

When one of the leaders, Alice Paul, embarked on a hunger strike, they tied her to a
chair, forced a tube down her throat and poured liquid into it until she vomited. She was tortured like this for weeks until word was smuggled out to the press.

Today's women who have ever voted, who now own property, who have ever enjoyed equal rights need to remember that women's rights had to be fought for in Canada and elsewhere. How many of our daughters and sisters know the price that was paid to earn human rights for women here, in North America?

2009 is the 80th Anniversary of the Persons Clause in Canada, which finally declared women in Canada to be Persons!

"From a woman all men are born.
How then can any man degrade any woman?"

 

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