In many books and stories of days gone passed, you’ll find the feminine protagonist struggling to contend with her daily life troubles. Suffragettes fought long and hard and did suffer greatly for improvements for women including the vote. It pains me to know it is too much effort for so many women today to make their mark on a ballot.

Being a history buff and reading of women’s rise and their place in the world, I read memoirs and even mysteries of days from yesteryear. On rare occasions there will be one individual that will say, “Yes, do learn, be strong and strive for a better life.” Yet time and again instead of encouragement, they heard from the cook in Downton Abbey to a father’s advice, “Don’t rise above your station.”

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