Chemical Heroine of 1916

Her name was Charlotte “Lottie” Meade, married, mother of 4, and a munitions worker in a British factory during World War 1.

On October 11, 1916, Lottie Meade died at the age of 27 in the Kensington Infirmary after a difficult illness.

Her autopsy concluded that Meade’s cause of death was “coma due to disease of the liver, heart and kidneys consequent upon poisoning by tri nitro toluene [TNT].” This was directly attributable to her work in the munitions factory.

On June 21, 2016, the British Royal Mail honored Meade by placing her on a first class stamp in their World War 1 commemorative series.

During the Great War, countless women went to work in munitions factories on both sides of the conflict, and many were poisoned slowly by the chemicals with which they worked, or killed quickly by accidents and explosions. Many who survived were unable to have children.

In Britain, female munitions workers often were called Canaries, because their skin turned yellow from constant exposure to the deadly chemicals they poured into shells destined for the front.

,*But it was through the power they gained through their indispensable work and the experience they earned through collective action that women suddenly were in a position to push their governments for one of the key freedoms denied them, and in the years immediately following the war’s end, one by one, almost all of the warring nations finally granted them the right to vote.

James A. Wheeler Obituary – Bedford/franklin, VA | Roanoke Times

Dad physically exited 9 years ago but spiritually

guides and watches over me .

I am sure he’s part of my being in my new home .

I smile at how proud and thrilled he would be

in human form at my survival and blessing that

reward my efforts .

https://www.legacy.com/us/obituaries/roanoke/name/james-wheeler-obituary?pid=155644019

Watch “Martin Luther King – Inspirational Speech {Be Phenomenal Motivation}” on YouTube

My ears have heard , “what else do you want?

“We” gave Negroes and Women the right to vote ,

what else do you want?

Seated at a table top with women of color in an Asian

Restaurant, I of course over heard their conversation

of injustice …I said , I married upper middle class

who targeted me , drugged by a ” brother” psychiatrist

into surrender that allowed his destruction of home,

children , all that stood in his way of being ” happy” .

His “brothers” have supported his abuses, also targeting

me..Discrimination was constant in the shadow of his

superior family , as he took income and social security

becoming the sirvior, of a crazy wife who nearly ruined

him.

That discrimination shows up as I pro se due to lack

of educated officers of the court unaware or in support

that stand in solidarity of distortion that has no place

on any level on New Earth .

New World Order damned them selves , no God no sin

denies Universal Law ..

I have cried during several of these tributes to a

visionary who was human ..who left a legacy that defies

gender or color to Do Right …

Whose murder left much trauma, ignored .

Blessings & Peace

Dona Luna

Witches -WiseWoman

It was not witches who burned.It was women.Women who were seen as-Too beautifulToo outspokenHad too much water in the well (yes, seriously)Who had a birthmarkWomen who were too skilled with herbal medicineToo loudToo quietToo much red in her hairWomen who had a strong nature connectionWomen who dancedWomen who sungor anything else, really.
ANY WOMAN WAS AT RISK OF BURNING IN THE SIXTEEN HUNDREDSSisters testified and turned on each other when their babies were held under ice.Children were tortured to confess their experiences with “witches” by being fake executed in ovens.Women were held under water and if they floated, they were guilty and executed.If they sunk and drowned, they were innocent.Women were thrown off cliffs.Women were put in deep holes in the ground.
The start of this madness was years of famine, war between religions, and lots of fear. The churches said that witches, demons, and the devil did exist, and women were nothing but trouble. As we see even today, there is often a scapegoat created, and the chaos escalated in Sweden when the Bible became law and everything that did not line up with what the church said became lethal. The Bible fanaticism killed thousands of women. Everything connected to a woman became feared, especially her sexuality. It became labeled as dark and dangerous and was the core of the witch trials throughout the world.
Why do I write this?Because I think the usage of words are important, especially when we are doing the work to pull these murky, repressed and forgotten about stories to the surface. Because knowing our history is important when we are building the new world. When we are doing the healing work of our lineages and as women. To give the women who were slaughtered a voice, to give them redress and a chance of peace.
It was not witches who burned.It was women.
Author: Fia ForsströmThank you Andrea for this post 🙏