Deeds Not Words Stationery Box Reveal

International Women’s Day (March 8) is a global day celebrating the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women. The day also marks a call to action for accelerating women’s equality.

International Women’s Day (IWD) has occurred for well over a century, with the first IWD gathering in 1911 supported by over a million people. Today, IWD belongs to all groups collectively everywhere. IWD is not country, group or organisation specific.

#IWD2020 #EachforEqual

In honour of International Women’s Day, I worked with some amazing female designers and artists to create the Deeds Not Words Stationery Box. Inspired by the colours of the suffragette flag and the face of Emmeline Pankhurst, I put together a box of stationery loveliness which will bring you pleasure and support at least six femal led businesses across the UK. Oh and upset one man in the process!

Rio from Literary Emporium has been a Stationery Box favourite for a while now. Her amazing vinyl ‘Votes for Women’ stickers are perfect for this box. Stick them on your notebook, your laptop, your forehead…

On the 10th January 1918 the House of Lords gave approval for women over the age of thirty to have the right to vote. The historical political decision was passed under the Representation of the People Act. However it would not be until 1928, a decade later, that another law would be passed allowing women over the age of twenty one to vote, in accordance with male voting rights.

The issue of women’s ‘inferior’ status has plagued society throughout the centuries in British history. Indeed, in 1832 the Great Reform Act was passed, a formal acknowledgement that women did not form part of the electorate and were therefore excluded!BBC

Alex Ashman designed this fantastic ‘Votes for Women’ postcard featuring Emmeline Pankhurst.

Emmeline Pankhurst (born Emiline Goulden; 15 July 1858 – 14 June 1928) was an English political activist. She is best remembered for organising the UK suffragette movement and helping women win the right to vote. In 1999, Time named her as one of the 100 Most Important People of the 20th Century, stating that “she shaped an idea of women for our time” and “shook society into a new pattern from which there could be no going back”. – Wikipedia

Rebecca from Middle Mouse designed this incredible Emmeline Pankhurst greeting card as part of her Trailblazers range.

It is perfectly evident to any logical mind that when you have got the vote, by the proper use of the vote in sufficient numbers, by combination, you can get out of any legislature whatever you want, or, if you cannot get it, you can send them about their business and choose other people who will be more attentive to your demands. – Emmeline Pankhurst

I was fortunate to meet the lovely Heather from This Girl is Mighty at The Stationery Show in London last spring. I’ve been sitting on this theme ever since! She produced the gorgeous lilac and mint ‘This Girl is Mighty’ pencils for us. Contrary to one person’s opinion, these pencils can also be used by mighty boys; we’ve tested them just to be sure!

Tombow ABT dual brush pens have a bullet tip at one end and a luscious brush at the other end. They are ideal for larger brush lettering projects and can be used with water to create gorgeous effects on good quality paper.

Another Stationery Box favourite is Bet from Creative Stationery UK.

You must make women count as much as men; you must have an equal standard of morals; and the only way to enforce that is through giving women political power so that you can get that equal moral standard registered in the laws of the country. It is the only way.Emmeline Pankhurst