Marking 100 years since (some) women won the vote

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It was a deliberate move into militancy preached by Emmeline Pankhurst, founder of the Women's Social and Political Union (WSPU) which became known as the Suffragrettes.

"We are working with the Creative Seed to create a display based on women's rights and diversity". A bundle of these posters, delivered to Cambridge, survived to be rediscovered 106 years later in 2016.

The conversation has re-emerged as we arrive at the 100 year anniversary of the Representation of the People Act, giving women over 30 and "of property" the right to vote.

In the years that followed the act, legislation which affected women's equality and rights went through Parliament touching on everything from maternal and infant health, to divorce reform and employment. The Suffragettes risked imprisonment and were dubbed "wild" in their campaign for women's rights to vote, but a century on their stories are being brought out of the shadows. She fought against a tidal wave of opposition and against all odds the Scottish Women's Hospital movement proved to be an unstoppable force. While it's only right that the activism of women before us and the gains that they made are recognised, this is a reality that many celebrations have so far failed to grapple with. Sinn Fein's Constance Markievicz won a seat in Ireland (then still part of the UK) but as a republican, refused to sit at Westminster. I have sought to raise awareness of the first woman to speak in the House of Commons, secretary Margaret Travers Symons, who in 1908 ran up to the dispatch box and shouted "Address the women's issue!" just before being hauled away. That is why I will be celebrating this milestone and using it as an opportunity to foster an even more equal society for the next hundred years.

In 1999 Time named Pankhurst as one of the 100 Most Important People of the 20th Century.

And Labour is holding its shadow cabinet meeting at the Museum of London, where a large "Votes for Women" exhibition has just opened. They had to fight and get it for themselves.

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Emily Wilding Davison was one such woman.

"We have raised this flag to remember the importance of them as not only women got the vote, but men got their vote too and people forget that".

The Sidmouth Herald also documented the work of the Sidmouth and District Women's Suffrage Society but often published work from the equally active anti-suffrage group.

French women were not enfranchised until the end of the Second World War, voting for the first time in 1945. And as Brendan O'Neill argues elsewhere on spiked, many of those middle-class feminists of all genders who are celebrating the centenary of the 1918 Act are on the wrong side in the living struggle for popular democracy today - the battle for Brexit. It was 10 years after that before we had universal female suffrage. In Pakistan, the 1956 constitution included "the principle of complete suffrage for designated women's seats in government".

The UK prime minister Theresa May will make a speech hailing the "heroism" of the suffragettes today.

Fawcett - who led a peaceful campaign for equal rights including petitions, lobbying members of parliament and non-violent protests - will become the first woman honoured with a statue in London's Parliament Square. Turkey gave women the vote in 1934 in national election, Egypt in 1956 and Malaysia in 1957.

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