The sound of my own voice

Last week, I had the weird experience of hearing my own voice twice. With another Glasgow Women’s Library volunteer I did an interview on Radio Scotland about the Suffragette Oak. This was planted in 1918 to commemorate women being granted the vote – well, some women: those over 30 who owned property. It wasn’t till 1928 that all women over 21 got it. The Library has nominated the tree to be Scotland’s Tree of the Year – it would be great if you could follow the link and vote for us please! The radio interview is on the BBC iPlayer – start at 1hr 49m to hear it.

Earlier in  the week, I attended the premiere of the Library’s film March about the suffragette pageant we re-enacted in the Spring. I’m interviewed in that too! So I’m quite the media star these days. Autographs on request 😉

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Anabel Marsh

I'm a proud Glaswegian who loves to go gallivanting both at home and abroad. Join me in my travels, both historic and current. Credit where credit's due: photography mostly by my more talented other half, John.

11 thoughts on “The sound of my own voice”

  1. How wonderful to know what you sound like!
    Universal suffrage came to the U.S. in dribs and drabs — it seems that women LOST the right to vote from 1777 until 1870 when Utah and Wyoming granted women the vote. Native Americans and African Americans (both men and women) have had to struggle right up through the 1960’s to be allowed to exercise the rights that the U.S. constitution granted them. Indeed, there are still voting challenges for them. Maybe we need a Suffrage Oak.

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    1. Maybe! It was a struggle here too – the first Reform Act was 1832 so it took almost 100 years to attain universal suffrage in 1928. My Mum was already alive then – that puts it into perspective for me. Thanks for listening – I hope you voted too!

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  2. I voted for the Suffrage Tree and hope you win. It was fun listening to the interview, it’s nice that you shared this with the readers of your travel blog. Strange to find out that Utah and Wyoming were ahead of most other states, which took the ratification of the 19th amendment in 1920. I hate to say it but if it weren’t for all the changes resulting from World War I, woman probably still wouldn’t have the right to vote.

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    1. Thanks for listening and voting! Yes, the work women did in WW1 was a big factor in some of them getting the vote here too, although it split the movement. Some suffrage groups were pacifists and others abandoned the struggle for votes in favour of war work.

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  3. Hi Annabel – it’s interesting to hear your voice and the Scottish lilt – also the learn about the Suffrage Oak, as too the Women’s Library and listening to your snippet on the iplayer. Actually lovely voice … I don’t like mine either, but the Americans seem to love it … funny old life. Now I must go and vote – though I did rather like the story of the poker! However the Suffragettes are important right now …cheers Hilary

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