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Granddaughter Of Sylvia Pankhurst Dr Helen Pankhurst Leads A Lobby Of Parliament On The Erosion Of Women's Rights in 2012

Granddaughter Of Sylvia Pankhurst Dr Helen Pankhurst Leads A Lobby Of Parliament On The Erosion Of Women's Rights in 2012

The Suffragettes were courageous women who joined together in a movement to gain the right to vote.

Following on from this, in November of 1918, the Parliament (Qualification of Women) Act 1918 was passed, which allowed women to now be elected into parliament.

"On February 6th, 1918, Royal assent was given to the 'Representation of the People Act.' Women were voters". Only 32% of our MPs are women, only 6.4% of Fortune 500 CEOs are female.

"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".

"Women's' contribution has always been written out of the conversation and when it comes to LGBT women, even more so".

After joining, the young suffragette soon became the secretary of the Newport branch, taking the campaign across the whole of South Wales, hoping to attract more people to join the cause.

Describing her great-grandmother as the "icon" of the struggle, a charismatic figure with great strength of character, Helen Pankhurst nonetheless puts the campaign's success down to the broader movement.

Still it only represented 40 per cent of the total population of women in the UK.

For black women things have been even more hard.

The WSPU aimed at extending the vote to all women in national elections. This may sound slightly archaic now, but back then going from 0% women voters to 40% of the female population in the United Kingdom was a huge step in the right direction.

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This most important of anniversaries is something we should certainly celebrate. Over the past 100 years, so much has changed in terms of equality.

Many though, think much more is needed. The Fawcett Society, which campaigns for equal rights for women, said inequality continues, with men still outnumbering women in Parliament as well as in positions of power in business, and continuing pay gaps between the sexes. We care because women such as Emmeline Pankhurst and Emily Davison were heckled, abused, force-fed, imprisoned and even died for our rights that we now take for granted.

That all this happened just 100 years ago is never far from my mind.

Since 1869 only women rate-payers had been allowed to vote and then only in local elections. We have come a long way. By the time a first child reaches the age of 20, mothers earn around 30% less on average than similarly-educated fathers, said the report funded by the Joseph Rowntree Foundation. Finland granted women the right to vote in 1906 and Norway in 1913. "Its systems are confusing, some may say archaic, and it was built at a time when my class and my sex would have been denied a place in it because we are deemed unworthy".

It can be hard to find the role models that we need and deserve in the limited stories of history.

Instead, the party is appointing a vice-chair of candidates - Maria Caulfield MP - to encourage more women to stand. Today Nicola Sturgeon has announced a £500,000 fund to drive greater representation of women in Scottish politics.

She said: "I have always been interested in politics, growing up in my family it's always been a topic of conversation so I have been very passionate about it".

Although a record number of women were elected to the United Kingdom parliament in last year's general election (32 per cent of all MPs), abuse online is deterring many from entering public life, the prime minister will say.

Looking ahead, journalist an author of She: A Celebration of Renegade Women Harriet Hall has highlighted that the future of history-writing needs to ensure that women from all backgrounds and sexual orientations need to be included in order for real progress to be made.

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