Today 6th Feb 2018, marks 100 years since women got the vote. But the vote actually only applied for women over the age of 30 that owned property, related to someone in local Government, or if they were in a university constituency and were a graduate. In actual fact, the restrictions that applied to women’s suffrage only gave 40% of women over 30 the right to vote.
Furthermore, it was limited to the British mainland and white settlers in colonised countries. European women could vote in Kenya from 1919, but African men and women weren’t given the same right until 1956, limited to specific educational levels and those with property ownership. Similarly, in Zimbabwe, only men and European women could vote until 1957, when a qualified right to vote was gradually extended over the years to black women.
Although this is a day to celebrate, it is also a day to carefully examine exactly how much progress has been made to bring equality to all women.
One of the women LID would like to celebrate today is Aphra Behn, a trail-blazing writer, born 1640. Although not as well-known as her male counterparts – Milton, Shakespeare – Behn’s plays were among the most popular of her time.
Behn promoted modern, proto-feminist views through her work; writing about gender equality, sexuality, female pleasure, and speaking out against rape and the patriarchal institution of marriage. She was, by all accounts, a maverick.
At a time when women had little power, rights, or money of their own, Behn spread liberal views and smashed down doors for female authors of the future.
Virgina Woolf wrote in A Room of One’s Own: “All women together ought to let flowers fall upon the tomb of Aphra Behn, for it was she who earned them the right to speak their minds.”
On this day, we’d like to celebrate LID’s own female authors:
Sanyin Siang, featured in Forbes, Fortune and The Wall Street Journal, is a coach and advisor to CEOs. Sanyin co-founded and leads the Coach K Center on Leadership & Ethics at Duke University Fuqua School of Business.
The Launch Book is available here.
Sally Bibb, Founding Director of Engaging Minds, is a leading figure in The Strengths Revolution. She has written two books: Strengths-based Recruitment and Development, and The Strengths Book.
The Strengths Book is available here.
Nicole Soames is a highly qualified coach and EQ practitioner. Founder and CEO of Diadem Performance, her company has helped thousands of people become commercial athletes in negotiation, selling, presenting and management.
The Negotiation Book is available here.
Simone Anderson is an expert in business networking and building relations. She worked for many years at the Danish Broadcasting Corporation (DR) as an editor and talk show host.
The Networking Book is available here.
Helen Chapman, director and founding partner of The Facilities Partnership and Inky Thinking, is a business leader and professional facilitator with 25 years’ experience supporting leaders and teams in global FMCGs, consumer electronics, aviation, energy supply and construction.
The Meeting Book is available here.
Dawn Sillett is a management trainer, coach and author. Dawn worked for 15 years in the advertising industry before a change of career to work with employers to improve individual, team and business performance.
The Feedback Book is available here.
Emma Serlin is the director and founder of the London Speech Workshop, delivering one-tone and corporate training to increase personal effectiveness through a unique approach to communication, presentation skills and accent softening.
The Connection Book is available here.
Elaine Eksvard is the CEO and Founder of communication agency Snacka Snyggt in Sweden, offering a variety of courses in modern rhetoric, presentation techniques and sales rhetoric. She is a Swedish TV personality, an avid blogger, and one of the most respected rhetoric advisers in Europe.
Read My Lips is available here.
Diana Renner, co-author of award-winning business book Not Knowing and follow-up Not Doing, is a Director of Uncharted Leadership Institute in Australia. She has decades of experience working globally with clients from corporate, non-profit and public sectors.
Not Knowing is available here.
Jody Oridioni is the Chief Brand Officer of Brandemix, a marketing and communications agency with extensive expertise in developing creative solutions that support business initiatives.
The Talent Brand is available here.
Sandra Stahl is a PR and marketing communications executive with extensive experience leading domestic and global brand communications. She is a founding partner at jacobstahl and an adjunct professor in the Brand & Integrated Communications program at The City College of New York.
The Art & Craft of PR is available here.
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