#Vote100

2018 marks 100 years since women achieved the vote in the UK – and WeAreTheCity will be celebrating and marking the occasion throughout the year.

In 1918, the UK government passed the Representation of the People Act which allowed women over the age of 30 who owned property to lawfully vote. This affected around 8.5 million women, but on a larger scale, it still only represented 40 per cent of the population of women in the UK.

 

Throughout 2018, there will be numerous events and stories happening to commemorate the centenary and make 2018 the year of the woman. Already, Vogue showcased its “new suffragettes”, which included Stella Creasy, Labour MP for Walthamstow; Sophie Walker, leader of the Women’s Equality Party; artist Gillian wearing; and writer Reni Eddo-Lodge. Actors and actresses attending the Golden Globes wore black in support of the #TIMESUP campaign, which aims to take a stand on underrepresentation, discrimination and abuse; and the gender pay gap has been forced into the spotlight once again.

Alongside exhibitions from museums and galleries, the UK government is also encouraging people to take part in their Vote 100 Talks and Tours, where you get to visit the Houses of Parliament. ‘EqualiTeas’ will also be taking place up and down the country, giving people the opportunity to share, debate and celebrate the female vote, over tea and cake.

You can find the latest news and events celebrating the #Vote100 campaign below. If you have an event that you feel would benefit our members, you can promote this on WeAreTheCity. Charity or not-for-profit events are free to publish, while all other events will incur an admin fee. Click here to find out more.

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2018 marks 100 years since women achieved the vote in the UK – and WeAreTheCity will be celebrating and marking the occasion throughout the year.

In 1918, the UK government passed the Representation of the People Act which allowed women over the age of 30 who owned property to lawfully vote. This affected around 8.5 million women, but on a larger scale, it still only represented 40 per cent of the population of women in the UK.

Throughout 2018, there will be numerous events and stories happening to commemorate the centenary and make 2018 the year of the woman. Already, Vogue showcased its “new suffragettes”, which included Stella Creasy, Labour MP for Walthamstow; Sophie Walker, leader of the Women’s Equality Party; artist Gillian wearing; and writer Reni Eddo-Lodge. Actors and actresses attending the Golden Globes wore black in support of the #TIMESUP campaign, which aims to take a stand on underrepresentation, discrimination and abuse; and the gender pay gap has been forced into the spotlight once again.

Alongside exhibitions from museums and galleries, the UK government is also encouraging people to take part in their Vote 100 Talks and Tours, where you get to visit the Houses of Parliament. ‘EqualiTeas’ will also be taking place up and down the country, giving people the opportunity to share, debate and celebrate the female vote, over tea and cake.

You can find the latest news and events celebrating the #Vote100 campaign below. If you have an event that you feel would benefit our members, you can promote this on WeAreTheCity. Charity or not-for-profit events are free to publish, while all other events will incur an admin fee. Click here to find out more.

News

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Today marks the 100th anniversary of the 1918 General Election, when women were allowed to vote for the first time in the UK. The election, called immediately after the First World War ended, was the first in which women were legally able to vote. In February 1918, the British government passed the Representation of the...
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gender equality featured
On 26th August 1920 women in the USA celebrated as the country officially saw the nineteenth amendment to the constitution adopted, so that no woman would ever be denied the right to vote based on gender. Nearly 100 years later, the 26th August is as an important date to recognise that, while much progress has...
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Tour de force featured
Dame Jessica Ennis-Hill has helped launch Santander and Transport for London’s (TfL) first Tour de Force. Tour de Force is London’s first sightseeing cycle tour dedicated to showcasing the stories of inspirational women through history. Launched to celebrate this year’s centenary of the first women winning the right to vote in the UK, the free...
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mother being a role model to daughter featured
  Apparently, the media have labelled 2018 the “Year of the Woman”, possibly in homage to the 100-year anniversary of our right to vote. I’m all for positivity and promoting women, but shouldn’t we be focusing on the achievements and position of women every year? Isn’t this a daily topic of conversation? Niggles aside, I’ve...
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mother being a role model to daughter featured
Apparently, the media have labelled 2018 the “Year of the Woman”, possibly in homage to the 100-year anniversary of our right to vote. I’m all for positivity and promoting women, but shouldn’t we be focusing on the achievements and position of women every year? Isn’t this a daily topic of conversation? Niggles aside, I’ve decided...
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  The government has announced the first large projects to be awarded funding to celebrate the centenary year of suffrage. Over £600,000 of funding from the Women’s Suffrage Centenary Grant Scheme has been awarded to eight standout projects. These include schemes that train women to become leaders in their communities, and events that celebrate the...
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Guides

votes for women featured
Today marks the anniversary of the passing of the 1918 Representation of the People Act. The act was a fundamental piece of legislation that allowed many women to vote for the first time, and was viewed by the Suffragettes and Suffragists as a major hurdle in the ‘Votes for Women’ cause. The act allowed women...
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On this day 100 years ago in 1918, the Parliament (Qualification of Women) Act was passed which allowed women to become MPs for the first time – allowing them to sit and vote in the House of Commons. This year, also marks the 100th anniversary of women’s suffrage. In 1918, the government also passed the...
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Introduced in 1970, the Equal Pay Act prohibited the favourable treatment of men over women and prevents discrimination within employment of equal value. The introduction of this act meant that employers had to give both men and women equal treatment and while the act suggests equal pay alone, it also covered holidays, pension rights, company...
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diverse business meeting
The Equality Act was passed into law in 2010 and sets out and ensures that employers and employees work in fair environment. The act requires that all employees be treated equally regardless of age, disability, gender reassignment, religion, sex, sexual orientation, pregnancy and maternity and marriage and civil partnership. The aim of this act was...
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Inspirational Women

emmeline pankhurst votes for women featured
Emmeline Pankhurst was a political activist and leader of the Suffragette movement, who helped women win the right to vote. Born Emmeline Goulden, she was raised in Manchester by a family with a tradition of radical politics. Despite official records showing that Pankhurst was born on 15 July 1858, she always claimed to have been...
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Malala Yousafzi is a Pakistani activist for female education. From the age of 11, she has been campaigning and writing about her life, her activism and against the Taliban’s regime. She quickly rose to prominence and was nominated for the International Children’s Peace Prize. She hit the headlines in 2012 after the Taliban shot her...
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emmeline pankhurst votes for women featured
Emmeline Pankhurst was a political activist and leader of the Suffragette movement, who helped women win the right to vote. Born Emmeline Goulden, she was raised in Manchester by a family with a tradition of radical politics. Despite official records showing that Pankhurst was born on 15 July 1858, she always claimed to have been...
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Get Involved

what women want 2.0 featured
Shami Chakrabarti CBE and the What Women Want 2.0 team invite you to Parliament to celebrate International Women’s Day 2018 at the launch of the What Women Want 2.0 report. In 1996, the What Women Want survey posed a simple question to women across the country: What Do You Want? 10,000 women, from all walks...
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CARE International’s #March4Women, London, UK 04 Mar 2017 featured
Join CARE International UK for London’s annual #March4Women! 2018 marks 100 years since women in the UK first got the vote. Yet 100 years on, here in the UK and around the world, women are still too often subjected to sexism, abuse, harassment or violence. It’s time for this to end. #March4Women brings together people of all genders to call...
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museum of brands featured
This year, Museum of Brands are celebrating Vote 100 and International Women’s Day 2018 with a special gallery trail on nine moments in British history which changed lives for women, screening their ThinkBox film on women in TV ads and hosting an empowering panel debate with inspirational industry leaders on Monday 5 March. Inspirational Women...
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Women in Focus featured
Ladies, gentlemen, and everyone in-between – come and celebrate International Women’s Day, 2018 at Poplar Union! Taking place over the 10 & 11 March, this two day festival is open to all and provides a space to enjoy top quality performances, talks, workshops, film screenings and discussion groups. Get involved and together let’s open up...
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Suffragette
Hollywood blockbuster Suffragette, starring Carey Mulligan and Meryl Streep, received wide critical acclaim for its handling of a subject not often portrayed on the big screen – the fight for womens’ right to vote. We invite you to a special screening of Suffragette, with a chance to explore some of the fascinating original documents related...
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During 2018, The Dickson Poon School of Law is holding a series of public lectures to mark the centenary of the beginning of women’s suffrage in the United Kingdom. These lectures will be delivered by women lawyers including Judges, practitioners and academics who have acheived distinction in the law to provide a woman’s voice and...
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