Celebrating 100 Years of Women Voting
I am thrilled to be celebrating 100 years of some women’s right to vote. I am supporting UK Parliament’s year-long programme of events. These mark 100 years since the 1918 Representation of the People Act.
The Representation of the People Act 1918 extended the right to vote to the first women and all men over 21. This is one of the most important centenaries in British democratic history.
Parliament’s Vote 100 programme includes a wide range of events and activities commemorating the women and men who fought to achieve electoral equality.
Throughout the year there will be a major exhibition in Parliament called “Voice and Vote” as well as an exciting programme of talks and tours in Parliament. Meanwhile there will be a number of UK wide events.
I encourage schools, and the community, in Hallam to get involved in celebrating this important anniversary in our democracy.
The Representation of the People Act 1918 was a vital step towards the rights women have today. The centenary is an important opportunity for us all to think about how far we have come. This progress is thanks to the extreme bravery and sacrifice of the women who fought and died for equality.
We all know there is still more to do. Progress still to be made. I look forward to working with everyone in Hallam to create a more equal society.