100 years ago today, the first women gained the right to vote

100 years ago today, the first women gained the right to vote

06 February 2018

Today marks the 100th anniversary of when the first women gained the right to vote in 1918. It is important to mark this occasion but to also recognise that this was just the start for women – the Representation of the People Act only gave women over 30 and with property the right to vote. In celebrating this achievement, we also remember the inspiring women and Suffragettes from across Yorkshire and the Humber and the rest of the UK who fought this campaign in the early 20th century. In light of the recent pay discrimination row at the BBC, the disproportionate impact of austerity on women in the UK and the wave of sexual harassment allegations in Westminster and beyond, there is still more for women to fight on even after 100 years since this great achievement.

Each year, I host an annual fundraising event to celebrate International Women’s Day as well. This year will be the last one before Brexit and will be held on Thursday 8 March 2018. All proceeds will be going to SB Overseas, a Belgium based charity that works directly with Syrian refugees in Lebanon. For more information, please contact Nicola on IWD18@hotmail.com at my office. 

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