100 years of the woman’s vote – the celebration of feminine democracy

By Kalendra Withana

On 6th February 1918, the Representation of the People Act was passed in the UK, allocating the right for some women to vote. 

The regulations of the act however only applied to women over the age of 30 who were landowners or homeowners. Nonetheless however, the year of 1918 was a starting point in giving women a chance to become involved in politics and the democratic process. 

The year also saw the introduction of Britain’s first female MPs, a monumental occasion in and of itself.  

In commemorating 100 years of this iconic turnover in gender equality, the hashtag #100Years was trending worldwide on Twitter, with the hashtag itself being used more than 40,000 times yesterday. 

Politicians, activists and general Twitter users utilised the social media platform to pay their respects to the Suffragettes who helped to secure a woman’s right to vote. 

As well as this, the great-granddaughter of suffragette Emmeline Pankhurst has introduced a new design onto the British 50p coin to celebrate the occasion. 

Speaking about this, Dr Helen Pankhurst said:

"My great-grandmother Emmeline Pankhurst was a key suffragette, campaigning for women's suffrage. 

"I think she would have been happy that the coin is here to mark the struggle.

"Suffragettes actually used to deface coins and mark them with 'Votes for Women' so there is an element of justice in having an official coin.

"It's creation is also very timely given that gender equality is so in the news."

In the midst of this occasion however, others however note that further societal work still needs to be done in order to promote persistent gender equality in today’s era.

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