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Why protest? Because we can do no other

Why protest? Because we can do no other

They have a perfect right to protest, and they are going to seize it. It is only just 100 years since women were granted the right to vote in general elections and to stand for parliament; a sobering thought. A supposedly Liberal, progressive government had long played a “Cat and mouse” game with the women who wanted the human right to participate in our democracy, just as their husbands, brothers and fathers did. They felt – knew – that their cause was right, and could not be denied; but that even if it was, it could not be abandoned simply because some powerful men wanted it to go away. Against every rational assumption in the half of America where segregation seemed firmly and permanently entrenched, within 10 years of her lonely, quiet protest, civil rights legislation had been passed that began the long process of restoring the rights of all black Americans.

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