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Men must back women's rights.

HAVING seen the film Suffragettes at the cinema I am moved to write about the empowerment of women and why I think it should receive support from men.

Women in this country got the vote first on reaching 30 in 1928 but the struggle in England resounded round the world.

The vote was only the beginning, with the strike of the women workers in Dagenham in 1968 leading to equal pay on the statute book but not yet fully implemented. There is much more to achieve and, though women are now more assertive, they are entitled to the active support of men.

The film showed the conditions women were expected to put up with at home and at work. Men, wittingly or unwittingly, let it happen. There was a dominant culture of men expected to keep women down for fear of being called a wimp I maintain that the role of everyone, irrespective of gender, is to uphold what is fair and just and to me this is the central message of the film. In the adjacent hall the film was Bond's women. That's not for me.

GEOFF BULMER, Billingham

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Title Annotation:Features
Publication:Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)
Date:Nov 3, 2015
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