British PM leads tributes on centenary of women winning right to vote


"The suffragettes and suffragists thought that getting the vote would be enough, that that would equal gender equality", Sadiq Khan told reporters in Trafalgar Square, where Britain's suffragettes famously rallied for women's right to vote.

After years of writing romance novels, Despard turned her hand to charity and suffrage when her husband died.

"If we did not have the suffragettes doing what they did, then we would never have got the vote and privileges that we have today, and I think we need to remember today how fortunate we are".

We want to highlight the work of women who epitomise the spirit of the Suffragettes and give voices to others in our city. But they still couldn't vote.

The decision was made at a meeting of the Shadow Cabinet held in the Museum of London, which is hosting a Suffragette exhibition dedicated to those who campaigned for over 50 years to achieve votes for women. "She'd been Empress of the British Empire and most subjects hadn't kicked up a fuss about having an empress so why would they kick up a fuss about British women having a vote?"

In 1897, various suffragist societies came together under one umbrella, known as the National Union of Women's Suffrage Societies, led by Millicent Fawcett.

On Wednesday 6 February, 1918, women were first able to vote in this country after women fought tirelessly to have equality within the voting system.

Before 1918, only 58% of the male population was eligible to vote due to the fact that only men who had been resident in the country for 12 months prior to a general election were entitled to vote.

"It is a vast upheaval of social institutions and habits, which must cut into the peace and well-being of families and harm the education of children", the article claimed.

"The Pankhursts are said to be influenced by leading women from Rochdale - Enid Stacey, the late wife of the Vicar at Calderbrook, Priscilla Bright McLaren and Margaret Bright Lucas - so this is a great way to also celebrate the women of Rochdale who gained this universal right".

Centenary of the Representation of the People Act
Suffragette Emily Davison was fatally injured by the King’s horse during the 1913 Epsom Derby

"Women are more easily swayed by sentiment, less open to reason, less logical, keener in intuition, more sensitive than men", the writer claims.

"I think that it feels to the youngest generation a bit that they are on the shoulders of giants", said Helen Pankurst.

So this year, and every year, I call on you to educate yourself.

There were more than 1,300 suffragette arrests according to the England, Suffragettes Arrested, 1906-1914 collection.

"Membership was possible for all women and from all social classes", which helped in building momentum, she said. This happened in the late 19th to early 20th century.

"I'm proud that there are over 200 female MPS", she wrote.

The act gave the vote to women over 30 who "occupied premises of a yearly value of not less than £5".

"We're now taking action on ten times the number of accounts every day compared to the same time previous year and using new technology to limit account functionality or place suspensions on thousands more abusive accounts", the statement added.

Prominent individuals outside of politics have also marked the anniversary.

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