I volunteered to make five paintings that will be put up on campus and I FINALLY finished them!!
I recently rented Mary Poppins and it was the first time I had seen it in over a decade. Very little of it made sense to me at that age, mostly because their accents are so thick and corny! I loved it and it has retained its quality unlike other children’s movies and shows (original animated Transformers, for example).
As you can see in this video provided, Mrs. Banks is a suffragette. This takes place in London in 1910, so that is historically accurate. And it is historically accurate that suffragettes were outspoken and arrested in public, but were submissive and meek at home to their husbands – just like Mrs. Banks
I wonder what the creators of Mary Poppins were thinking when they created Mrs. Banks and this song. It doesn’t appear to be either honorable or insulting, just as what was going on at the time. Which I think is most respectful and appropriate in the context of the movie.
But the line of, “Our daughters’ daughters will adore us, and they’ll sing in grateful chorus Well Done, Sister Suffragette!” That . . . hasn’t entirely happened. Let’s say that Jane, the little girl of this movie, was ten years old. She would have been twenty five in 1925 and probably would have started having children then (women of that class usually had SOME education). Let’s say she had a daughter right away. In 1950, that daughter would have been twenty five. Women in 1950 cared little for their suffragette grandmothers and rarely voted (when they did, they usually voted along with their husbands’ views). Sadly, Mrs. Banks’ song was not fulfilled until the late 1960’s and the 1970’s . . . which is another story that makes me want to rip my hair out (militant lesbian feminists completely missing the point of equality)
My mom always took me with her to vote when I was little and told me every time to take pride in it. She said that her grandmother had been a suffragette in spirit (but had nine children on a poor farm to take care of, so could not afford to parade in city streets) and had great pride when she first began to vote in her mid 30’s. I vote and I am proud to do so; I am grateful for the suffragettes. WELL DONE!!