Hopefully many if not all of you will have picked up the fact that this month has seen the 100th anniversary of the death of Suffragette Emily Wilding Davison at the Epsom Derby.
The media attention has been important in putting the spotlight on the sacrifices and courage of Emily and thousands of other suffragettes, their dedication to a cause that we now take for granted in the UK – namely the right of women to vote and by extension the right for them to be involved side by side with men in the public sphere.
Emily Thornberry, ‘the only Emily to be a Member of Parliament so far’ has started an online petition for a statue to be erected within the Place of Westminster in memory of Emily Wilding Davison, noting that of the 100 non-royal statues there only 6 are of women.
Please sign the petition and share as widely as you can. http://epetitions.direct.gov.uk/petitions/51269
There is still so much to do in terms of achieving equality of opportunity in the UK and this applies in all spheres, i.e. in politics, business, education, in parenting roles and domestic lives.
We need to honour and remember those who fought for equality of opportunity in the past – and continue to press for change, for the job is not yet done!
@HelenPankhurst #suffsaid (use hashtag)