Thursday, 25 January 2018

Real Women Of History Being Recognised

Millicent Fawcett - well-deserved recognition of her historic work
We love history here at the Havering Witness. In recent years we have witnessed some truly historic changes in the Church with the first ever woman bishop, Libby Lane, and more recently the more senior bishopric of London being awarded to Bishop Sarah Mullally.

To appreciate how big a change woman bishops represent is to understand  thousands of years of history all in one go. Women working in the most senior roles of religion is a very rare thing indeed.

It is a truly historic change and one we hope that the dear old Lord Protector himself, Oliver Cromwell,  would have approved of. To really celebrate this historic change we hope that female descendants of Cromwell seize this new opportunity to become bishops.

Long live the New Model Army, long live Cromwell's republic !

 Another recent historic first is the first ever statue to a woman in Parliament Square. Millicent Fawcett, was a suffragist and women's rights campaigner who made it her lifetime’s work to secure women the right to vote. Her work is continued by the Fawcett Society.

We are a bit old-fashioned here at the Havering Witness and what a welcome change it is to see women of real character being publicly recognised. We are sick to the back teeth of Essex girls who admire Margaret Thatcher, read glossy magazines and have chocolate cakes for lunch.

We love women of real character, dear god where have they all gone !   
The business world can keep its glamour models and its economy of visual impact ! Give us a real women of character who can deliver a change of law, balance work and home, and, yes sometimes,  make a decent suet pudding !

Millicent Fawcett outvotes Margaret Thatcher in statue battle

Fawcett Society 

Bishop Sarah Mullally Announced As New Bishop of London

Bishop Libby Lane, Bishop of Stockport, first woman bishop after service at Chester Cathedral in 2015

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