Suffragette pardons 'complicated' but 'we will take a look,' says Amber Rudd


Former leader of the Scottish Labour Party Kezia Dugdale believes that now the anniversary is upon us, it's time to start reshifting the focus on the Suffragist movement to include more women.

In 1913 Davison died after stepping in front of the King's horse at the Epsom derby, a moment steeped in potent symbolism.

Tuesday 6 February marks 100 years since the Representation of the People's Act granted the vote to women over the age of 30 who met a property qualification. They would even assault cops and stage hunger strikes to protest against the conditions. It was this preparedness not to compromise or play by the rules that kept the issue of women's suffrage so high up the agenda and, arguably, it was only the outbreak of world war that delayed a successful conclusion. Among other reasons for remembering her are her commitment to the education of young women (especially through her part in founding Newnham College, Cambridge) and in the improvement of social conditions in London through her very active role in its county council.

There is also an original women's voting registration form relating to the 1918 General Election. In later years, groups like the National League for Opposing Women's Suffrage was set a woman. Despite that, in 2017 women had taken 32% of seats in parliament.

The report continued: "Some said they [the suffragettes] were asking for votes for all women, but that would not be fair, for all men had not got the vote". For as women, we are as one and when equality is fully achieved, it will be universal. Without the 1918 Representation of the People Act there would have been no woman MPs to champion the legislation which brought about these changes.

Many went on to be jailed, including leader Emmeline Pankhurst.

"After thirty years of endeavour to make men understand they were only half the world... the price we have paid for our enfranchisement is too heavy, some of us find, to allow us to rejoice in the light-hearted, happy fashion we used to picture in old days, but we are filled with a deep and earnest thankfulness". The 100 year anniversary is being marked across the UK. This number still doesn't represent even a third, but in comparison in 1945, women had just 3.8% of seats.

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Later, organisers say the largest ever gathering of Britain's women politicians will take place at a reception to launch Parliament's "Vote 100" campaign.

Why Do We Still Need to Fight For Women's Rights?

During a speech in 1909, Millicent Fawcett posed the rhetorical question: "Why should the Maori women be in a superior position to that held by the women of England?" In the a year ago in particular, women have been making a stand once again against treatment in the workplace, particularly since the Harvey Weinstein scandal, "Time's Up" and the "Me Too" movements. One was paid £1.1m and the other £728 to re-shoot film scenes for film "All The Money" (ironic title right?).

Henrietta (Netta) Franklin was a founding member of the Jewish League for Woman Suffrage (JLWS) and appears among the 59 names on the plinth.

The militant side of the suffrage movement was lively in Sheffield, and Mrs Pankhurst sent her daughter Adela to be a local organiser for the Sheffield WSPU.

Richard High, Collections Engagement Librarian at Leeds University Library, says it's an important document. However, equal pay is still an issue today, with women losing out on almost £140bn a year due to gender pay gap.

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