Thursday, 22 May 2014

Deeds Not Words

100 years ago today Emmeline Pankhurst was arrested trying to petition the King for votes for women, it wasn't until 1918 that women over the age of 30 got the vote (provided they met certain property requirements...) and it took another decade until all women in the United Kingdom were extended the same voting rights as men. Today the elections for the members of the European Parliament are taking place. What better way to remember Emmeline than to go and vote?

I went to an all girls school so there was a lot of girl power going on, there were a lot of feminist teachings and whenever elections rolled around we heard a lot about the Suffrage movement. Everyone knew the difference between Emily Davies and Emily Davison, and I am proud of them. I am grateful for them. So to show my thanks and respect for the Suffrage movement in the UK when I woke up this morning I knew exactly what my outfit had to look like.

I can't decide which is worse, my face or how badly this top needs ironing... Oops!
Green, white and purple: the colours of the suffrage movement. I also now have way more respect for people who take outfit self portraits regularly, I had a tripod and a self timer and still a good two thirds of the pictures I took were out of focus. Even these aren't great...

This is my sassy look.

I'm not going to tell you who to vote for, or even talk about what the different parties stand for. Go and vote for the party you believe will best represent your views in Europe, if their isn't a party that does that go and spoil your ballot. Not voting is not a protest vote, ignoring something does not mean it will go away it just means you don't get any say in the matter. Voting for a "joke" party is not a protest vote (except possibly the monster raving loony party...) if you want your voice heard but you don't want to support a party then spoil your ballot. Spoiling a ballot is really easy, just scribble all over it, or check multiple boxes, or write down why you aren't voting for someone. Just make sure you turn up, whatever you decide to wear.

There are lots of ways to make a statement with fashion, it's not all about the slogan t-shirts and stickers. There is a very good chance nobody will "get" what my outfit is about, and that's okay I don't get dressed for other people. Do you have outfits with a special meaning to you?

If you're not sure where your polling station is check here: and remember they're open until 10pm tonight so if you haven't done it already you've still got time!


  1. Oh I love this outfit! And well said. It is so important to vote, and I think we're lucky to be able to.

  2. I'm with you on the girl power. I'm the only girl in my physics class. Well was because the exam was today so technically the class is over. I love the purple colour of your tights.
    Water Painted Dreams xo

  3. I have so much love for this post. Not voting is an awful form of protest.

    1. It really is, I can understand why people become so apathetic about politics but I think a good part of that problem is down to the fact we're not educated on the responses open to us. It's easier for the politicians to get away with things if people think not voting is a protest, so they don't want to challenge it.