|Feminist poster from the sixties|
Women's bodies have always been an ideological battleground -- foot binding, the hijab, abortion, female circumcision, etcetera.
Women's liberation is right back on the agenda under this Uranus-Pluto square, which is about to become exact again on the May 20th. From Saudi Arabia to Palo Alto, women's rights are under examination. We've made some false assumptions about how progress works. It really is two steps forward and one step back most of the time, but in some parts of the globe women seem to be running backwards. How far have we come and how far do we have to go?
When Uranus and Pluto conjuncted in the mid-sixties, the modern feminist movement started to gather steam, its so-called Second Wave. Of course, the most practical weapon in the battle for women's liberation has been birth control, and the Pill came into widespread use under that Uranus-Pluto conjunction in medical Virgo.
In 1929, when women finally got the right to vote in Britain, Uranus was in Aries as it is now, squaring Pluto in Cancer, one of the most feminine signs. Don't forget that in those days, Britain had an empire, so the right to vote here for women had global impact.
Interestingly, last time Neptune moved into Pisces in the mid-19th century, the first Women's Rights Convention took place in the US. This was the start of the so-called First Wave of feminism. Oh yes -- Uranus and Pluto were conjunct back then too, in Aries the sign of beginnings.
|Edwardian suffragette poster|
Frankly, both of these women are wildly privileged, so their experience is in some ways of limited relevance, but the reason they have achieved so much publicity is because they have caught the zeitgeist.
Progress has been made in the West at least. Men are generally far more involved in parenting than their fathers. Women go out to work far more successfully than their mothers, but they still don't get equal pay.
And the essential problem of a society that puts labour before family is still there. This is an issue that feminism has yet to tackle successfully. To achieve real equality and still take proper, loving care of our children as a society, we need to think far more radically.