The third and penultimate gathering of our group saw us make huge headway with our banner; our paper draft sprung into life as colourful fabric waves and letters were carefully cut from cloth. I think the pictures say everything.
There is a lovely, gentle and quiet connection building among us as we work and create something that we all feel is part of us. Everyone agrees that the process of making something in a group setting is a truly bonding experience - for our group completely free of competition or striving. I can only imagine the sense of empowerment women must have felt more than a century ago as they created these banners in union for a much larger cause - the right to vote represented larger concerns for women such as the right to be recognised as people, and not the property of their husbands to be sold or to have their children wrenched from them. One of our group soberly told us that the last wife sale was held in Hailsham, near us in East Sussex.
Quite rightly, we take many of our freedoms today for granted, but it is so beneficial to reflect on the fact that not so long ago women were not regarded as equal to men in any way, and that we are still dealing with the hangover from this today.
Would you like to join us on the PROCESSIONS march? You don't have to make a banner to take part, you can sign up and get more information at this website:
10th June, London
Starting point: Park Lane, W1K 7AJ Finishing point: Abingdon Street, SW1P 3JY Distance of route: 2.6 miles / 4.2 km Assembly at the start point from: 12.15- 13:15 Start time: approximately 14.00