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Did you know the Rotinonhsón:ni Confederacy is the oldest living democracy system in the world, and within it, men and women have equal voices? When it was illegal for women to vote, suffragists looked to Rotinonhsón:ni women for inspiration. They saw that Rotinonhsón:ni women had rights to their children, the ability to own land, and autonomy over their own bodies. They were respected as sacred creators of life and protectors of the land. Whereas in Western society, religion forced women to live under the authority of their husbands and didn't allow them independence or an equal voice.Within the Rotinonhsón:ni Confederacy, women had full and equal participation in governance and were involved in all major decision-making. They also controlled the economy, as they were responsible for the growth and distribution of food, and they were the ones to make decisions regarding the land. Clan mothers held the responsibility of standing up to chiefs and taking away their titles if they were not fulfilling their duties. They even decided when to send men off to war.Suffragists’ vision of equality within Western society and government was very much influenced and built from Rotinonhsón:ni women’s longstanding importance and role within the Confederacy.Help us recognize and honour the legacy of the Rotinonhsón:ni women by sharing this post, and make sure to tag us!Woodland has more education opportunities like this one, visit our website for more information: woodlandculturalcentre.ca/education/#OnHeritage #OntarioHistory #Indigenous #IndigenousVoices #IndigenousArt #IndigenousEvents #FirstNations #FN #IndigenousKnowledge #IndigenousCulture #BrantOnt #Brantford #BrantEvents #Giving #Education ... See MoreSee Less