It’s not easy being the first. These brave and daring women stepped into a men-only world and said, I can do this too!
Not that long ago, men did almost everything. All the doctors were men, all the police officers were men, all the shop keepers were men. Some girls didn’t get to go to school, and even those who did were only allowed to learn to cook, sew and clean. It wasn’t worth teaching them more, as all they could be were maids or mothers.
Being a woman back then was definitely a bit boring. Some got on…
If you were ill what would happen? Perhaps your parent would take your temperature and give you some medicine. If you didn’t improve they would take you to the doctor. They might give you some stronger medicine, and in a few days you would probably be better.
If you fell off the climbing frame in the park and broke your arm, they would take you to the hospital. The doctors might x-Ray your arm and put it in cast. In a few weeks you would be better.
All this care would come no cost because we have the NHS —…
Schools have changed hugely in the last 150 years. What has got better, what has got worse, and who were the women who forced through these changes?
Let’s go back in time around 150 years. We’re entering a period called the Victorian era, so called because Queen Victoria was on the throne. What do you think you would be doing today if you were living back then? If it is a Monday or Tuesday, do you think you would be going to school? What if it is a Saturday?
From smashing windows and chaining themselves to Buckingham Palace, the suffragettes were a wild bunch. But we owe them so much.
Who decides that kids have to go to school? Why do we have to wear seat belts in cars? And whose big idea was it to make us stay at home and not see our grandparents for months on end?
These rules, and many more like them, are all decided on by our government, which is a group of people who decide how to run the country. Every five years, every person over 18 in this country gets to…
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