Thursday 8 February 2018 Stories / Women and Equalities

100 years later, we’re taking the next step

On February 6 we celebrated 100 years since our country took the first step towards getting all women the right to vote.

The First Step

While The 1918 Representation of the People Act was a huge triumph, this was just the first step towards all women gaining the right to vote. The act enabled women over the age of 30, who owned property or were graduates voting in a university constituency to take part in democracy and have a say in elections for the first time.

The result? 8.5million women were added to the electoral roll. The Suffragette movement didn’t stop there though – ten years later all women aged 21 or over were given the right to vote.

The Next Step

Shadow Secretary of State for Women and Equalities Dawn Butler and Shadow Secretary for Voter Engagement and Youth Affairs Cat Smith tell us why we’re taking the next step.

 

On the 100th anniversary, adorned in sashes and rosettes in true Suffragette style, Labour women came together to celebrate the centenary of the first step, and to reflect on what work there is still to do to achieve equality.

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Our mission is clear – we want to make sure every woman in this country has their voice heard, and we won’t stop until women are fully represented in our politics and in our parliament, fully protected under law and fully heard – full stop.

Only then, can we truly build a Britain for the many, not the few.

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