Women Were Given The Right To Vote 100 Years Ago Today

Posted February 07, 2018

They include the Representation of the People Act, the Parliament (Qualification of Women) Act 1918, which allowed women to become MPs, the Equal Franchise Act 1928, which gave women the vote on the same terms as men, and the Life Peerages Act 1958, which allowed women to sit in the Lords as life peers.

On this, the centenary of some women getting the right to vote, there has been a lot of talk of pardoning the suffragettes.

Home Secretary Amber Rudd has said it would be "complicated" to do so but she would "look at" the proposals.

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Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn and Scottish Conservative leader Ruth Davidson are among those leading calls for pardons.

Writing in the Daily Telegraph she said: 'Voting was a value judgment, not an intrinsic right.

"Pardoning them now whitewashes their radicalism - and that is wrong", she wrote on Twitter. They made such sacrifices so that we could all enjoy the rights we have today. The present has no right to reach back into the past and wipe their convictions, in both senses of the word, from the record.

Kate Barratt, the great-great Granddaughter of suffragette Alice Hawkins, said: 'The suffragettes should be pardoned.

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'It just shows how desperate the situation was at the time. Yet while the suffragettes were inarguably more physical in their demonstrations, they were not using tactics the country had not seen before.

There were more than 1,300 suffragette arrests according to the England, Suffragettes Arrested, 1906-1914 collection.

In the northwestern English city of Manchester, the birthplace of Suffragette leader Emmeline Pankhurst, May hailed the centenary of "a huge and irreversible step towards creating a truly universal democracy". When Emmeline Pankhurst founded the Women's Social and Political Union in 1903, it was the beginning of a revolution.

She told BBC Radio 4's Today programme: "I have seen this campaign, I completely understand where it's coming from, the extraordinary pained campaign, violence that these women went through in order to deliver the vote, which has been of such benefit to us for generations".

Donald Trump should "look forwards not backwards", the great-granddaughter of suffragette leader Emmeline Pankhurst said following the U.S. president's admission that he is not a feminist. "Men internalise these norms that women are in some way inferior and women, that they are less good than men", she said.

Today is the day that women have come out in force to celebrate the landmark achievements of the Suffragists in securing women the right to vote.

However, as I began to research the topic more and read fist-hand biographies from the women who lived through the suffrage movement, I felt ashamed as to how little I knew. "Convictions of Suffragettes were politically motivated and bore no relation to the acts committed", Mr. Corbyn said in a press release.

"There is also more to be done to raise awareness of the role played by Indian princess Sophia Duleep Singh in the Suffragette movement, and there are many suggestions of gay relationships within the movement that deserve wider exposure, but the history of those times - so often written by men - was coy at keeping official records of them".

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The academic re-enacted her grandmother smashing the windows of the former seat of British government rule in Ireland to mark the 100th anniversary of women getting the vote in Ireland.

"There would have been a general acceptance that women were intellectually inferior and emotional - and women would have believed that as well as men - so they didn't have the capacity to make political judgements", she says.

Fawcett was a "Suffragiste", a campaigner for voting rights through non-violent action, as opposed to the Suffragettes who advocated direction action to advance their cause.

Prime Minister Theresa May leaves after attending a church service near her constituency. Waving a suffragette poster and suffragist slogans, she threw herself at his vehicle as he left, but was released without charge to avoid embarrassment for the royals. She was a trained artist and designed numerous group's posters, leaflets and logos.

"They are still challenging the norm", she said.

Arlene Foster, leader of the DUP, the largest party in the Northern Ireland Assembly, and Nicola Sturgeon, the SNP First Minister of Scotland, also paid tribute to Suffragist and Suffragette campaigners.

Emily Wilding Davison was one such woman. At least two suffragettes are reported to have died. She was not looking for a pardon but a change in the law.

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