Welcome to my Time Traveller series!
I love history, from the dark depths of centuries gone past, to more recent years. So I’ve reached out to my fellow bloggers and small business owners and asked if they could go back in time, when would they travel to and why?
This week I’m joined by Hayley from Very Mummy:
There are so many different time periods I would love to visit if I could travel back in time. Seeing dinosaurs wander the earth would be pretty spectacular, watching Jesus perform his miracles- like turning water into wine – Lord knows I could do with that power some evenings. Meeting the beautiful Cleopatra would have been fascinating and also gain an insight into what their lives were like in ancient Egypt. I would love to see The Great Pyramid of Giza, the tomb of King Khufu. It is one of the oldest and largest structures ever made. There have been many great rulers on this earth – I would love to meet King Henry V111, the lady with the lamp- Florence Nightingale, Alexander the Great, Mother Theresa, Queen Victoria just to name a few. There are also some great historical events that I would love to have witnessed. I would love to have seen London during the Black Death, and the Great Fire of London, being a passenger on the Titanic and warn them of the iceberg, saving as many Jews as possible from the Holocaust. Then again I would love to go back in time knowing the lottery numbers, trying to stop 9/11 from happening- I would check all passengers on flights, and I would prevent all people from accessing the towers, saving as many innocent lives as possible. I would also love to cause a distraction so that Paul Walker did not get into that car and die 🙁 There are so many periods of time I would love to visit.
For me personally, if I could pick any one era it would have to be the period of time when Emmeline Pankhurst was around. I loved studying her back in my history classes in school.
Emmeline Pankhurst 1858-1928. Emmeline was a famous British political activist and the leader of the British suffragette movement. Emmeline set out to do whatever was needed to secure the women of England the right to vote. In 1999 Emmeline Pankhurst was named as one of the 100 Most Important People of the 20th Century, stating “she shaped an idea of women for our time“. She was imprisoned many a time for her protests, she was subjected to brutal force-feedings as a consequence of her hunger strikes at Holloway Prison. This didn’t stop her though.
Emmeline Pankhurst didn’t give up and her efforts saw Parliament give the vote to women over 30 in 1918 “Representation of the People Act of 1918“. On the 14th December approximately 8.5 million women were finally allowed to vote for the first time ever in the general election. Sadly in 1928 aged just 69, just weeks before women over the age of 21 were granted the right to vote – this was the same voting rights as men. This meant around 15 million women were eligible to vote. This became the Representation of the People Act of 1928.
Winning the right to vote was only ever the beginning, and still today we are still fighting for women’s rights. We are still a long long way from equality. Today, although the pay gap is narrowing women typically still earn less than men, one in three women globally are exposed to physical or sexual violence from a partner in their lifetime; working mums are more likely to be weighed down with childcare responsibilities and household chores than working dads, even if both spouses work the same hours, Even in sport, take Steph Houghton who is the Female captain of Manchester City and England women’s team, she earns approx £70,000 a year. Whereas Vincent Kompany the Male Captain of Manchester City earns £120,00 PER WEEK.
As fun as it would be visiting the past. I think its best saved for history classes. I would love to know what the future holds. We can’t change the past, and everything happens for reason. All these futuristic films and series like Black Mirror on Netflix, I would love to see if it comes true. If we ever reach full equality. I would love to see how high a loaf of bread would reach, how high petrol and diesel prices go, or if we do go all electric in the motor industry, and would there ever be an end to life itself?
Thanks Hayley! I have visions of travel being fully electric and autonomous, it would be fun to see if that comes true.
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