We have to free half of the human race, the women, so that they can help to free the other half.

Emmeline Pankhurst

A suffragette looks through a window on Holloway prison broken by an explosion after suffragettes tried to bomb the prison. 19 Dec, 1913 image from: mashable

I shall never while I live forget the suffering I experienced during the days when those cries were ringing in my ears.
Emmeline Pankhurst

English suffragette leader Emmeline Pankhurst and her daughter Christabel, founders of the Women’s Social and Political Union, in jail for demonstrating for women’s rights (21 Oct, 1908). image from: mashable

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‘1908-1917 Imprisoned suffragettes’, mashable


Betel nut is Burma (Myanmar)’s most common addiction. Little parcels of tobacco and Areca nuts wrapped in lime-coated betel leaves are passed around and chewed. 

Coating leaves in lime, Yangon, Burma, Jan 2017 © ZhendeGender

Betel is commonly chewed by cab drivers who use the drug concoction to stay awake for long hours on the road (5pm-9am is a common cab driver’s shift). The parcels are made and sold at street-side stalls like in these photos. 

Wrapping betel nut parcels, Yangon, Burma, Jan 2017 © ZhendeGender

But the strangest sight is the road-running vendors who approach cars in traffic with bottled water and plastic packets of 4 parcels for sale for a couple of hundred Kyat. 

Betel chewers tend to have red stained teeth, gums, and lips. They spit excess liquid onto streets, out of car doors, and into hallway corners, leaving blood-red stains all over the city.