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100 Years Ago This Week: Women Won the Right to Vote

There are now 208 women in the Commons too.

This week, the UK is marking a century since women won the right to vote and the right to have a say on how their country is run.

A lot of people were involved in the campaigning that allowed this to happen. One particular group that have been credited for spearheading the drive for gender equality at the time, however, were the Suffragettes. They were led by an iconic woman from Moss Side called Emmeline Pankhurst who is one of the most influential British political activists to ever have lived.

Her efforts and the actions of many others meant that, in 1918, women aged over 30 (who owned or occupied property worth £5 or more) were awarded the right to decide who represents them in Parliament.

In 1999, Time named her one of the 100 Most Important People of the 20th Century. They said that “she shaped an idea of women for our time; she shook society into a new pattern from which there could be no going back”.

There are now 208 women in the Commons (up from 191 in 2015), which is a situation that was made possible by of the likes of Pankhurst. Are you interested in feminism, women’s rights and gender equality? Come down to one of our Girl Talk workshops.

At Girl Talk, we have our own private space that feels safe and lets us be ourselves without having to worry about what the boys think. There are girls from lots of different religions, cultures and backgrounds – if it wasn’t for Girl Talk most of us would never have met.

We develop new skills, learn about ourselves and each other and build our confidence and self‑belief – click here for more info and to see when they’re on.

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