Rochdale celebrates 100 years of women voting


"Its systems are confusing, some may say archaic, and it was built at a time when my class and my sex would have been denied a place in it because we are deemed unworthy". "The will of the people shall be the basis of the authority of government; this will shall be expressed in periodic and genuine elections which shall be by universal and equal suffrage and shall be held by secret vote or by equivalent free voting procedures".

Women in NY were granted the right to vote on November 6, 1917; three years later, the 19th amendment was passed, giving voting rights to women nationwide.

Let's raise a glass on 6 February, the date that the 1918 Act received Royal Assent, to all those people whose efforts won a valuable and overdue victory for some women, but let's not forget the many women who unfairly remained without the vote for another decade.

Posthumous pardons to women arrested and detained for fighting for the vote will be considered, the Home Secretary has said.

They believed women didn't have the capacity to understand politics, and portrayed the suffragettes as a group of "ugly" women and "spinsters".

Any milestone in women's journey to political and social equality deserves to be celebrated and the law that brought some women into the national electorate for the first time in 1918 is a massive achievement.

Looking back to today, women have many opportunities within politics. A woman's role was domestic, encompassing little outside having children and taking care of the home. "The main parallel is women saying, 'enough!'; women coming together, saying: 'We can change things!'". Despite equal pay being a legal requirement, the gender pay gap is still very much real, with men on average earning around 18% more than their female counterparts.

Even where Millicent Fawcett and the suffragists are included in the story, pupils are unlikely to be taught much about the central importance of male suffrage in the 1918 Act.

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Campaigners were mainly suffragettes (the Women's Social and Political Union led by militant suffragette Emmeline Pankhurs, her daughter Christabel and Emily Davison who was killed during a horse race whilst carrying a votes for women banner into the racetrack). Many were force fed.

Mrs May will address female MPs past and present at a gathering in Westminster Hall later on Tuesday to launch a year-long Vote 100 programme of events to celebrate a century of female suffrage. Despite that, in 2017 women had taken 32% of seats in parliament.

This is a striking 97 years after women in the United Kingdom first won the vote, and 134 after women in the Isle of Mann.

Another group, the Women's Freedom League (WFL), was set up a year later by Charlotte Despard and Teresa Billington-Grieg, and were somewhere in between the other two groups in regards to their approach. While this is better than previous statistics of none, it highlights how inequality is still rife.

"We are indebted to the women who made the change happen".

Scores of women came forward in October past year to accuse U.S. movie mogul Harvey Weinstein of harassment and abuse, sparking a chain reaction of denunciations in the world of entertainment and far beyond. Just like we still now have the burden of proving we should be paid the same, can do any fucking job we want and don't deserve to be sexually harassed while doing it.

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