Suffragette

The woman wanderer goes forth to seek the Land of Freedom.

“How am I to get there?” Reason answers: “here is one way, and one only. Down the banks of Labour, through the water of suffering. There is no other.”

The woman cries out: “For what do I go to this far land which no one has ever reached? Oh, I am alone! I am utterly alone!”

But soon she hears the sounds of feet, ‘a thousand times ten thousand and thousands of thousands, and they beat this way!’

“They are the feet of those who shall follow you. Lead on.”

(from Olive Schreiner’s Three Dreams in a Desert, a book passed on from suffragette to suffragette, as recounted by Constance Lytton in her suffrage testimony Prisons & Prisoners and quoted in the 2015 movie Suffragette)

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