WebRoots Democracy has an event on 20 February that may be of interest – see https://nvite.com/eb/42455897733
Intersectional Suffrage: A focus on the women that didn’t get the vote in 1918.
2018 marks the centenary of the first women in the UK being allowed to vote. The 1918 Representation of the People Act allowed women over the age of 30 to vote provided they were university graduates, had certain property rights, or were married to men who had certain property rights. Ten years later, the 1928 Representation of the People Act provided electoral equality, allowing all women over the age of 21 to vote, regardless of property rights.
Join us on the 20th of February as we learn more about the women who were denied the vote in 1918 and to explore current voting behaviour and political representation across class, gender, and ethnic divides in 2018.
Dawn Butler MP – Shadow Secretary of State for Women and Equalities Cllr Abena Oppong Asare – London Borough of Bexley and Labour Women’s Network Neema Begum – PhD Researcher (Ethnicity and Voting Behaviour), University of Bristol Rachael Gibbons – Programme Lead (Working Class Heroes), RECLAIM Project
Chair: Fahmida Rahman – WebRoots Democracy
Further speakers to be announced.
Spaces are limited and your name will need to be on the guestlist in order to attend.
You are invited to take part in EqualiTeas (18 June-2 July 2018) a UK-wide celebration of our democratic equality that will mark the 90th anniversary of the Representation of the People Act 1928 in which all people were given the right to vote on an equal basis.
Hold an event or activity
Anyone can hold an EqualiTeas party! Your EqualiTeas event or activity can take any form you would like. It can be big or small, private or public, inside or out! As long as it brings your community together to explore what equality means to people. Pop on the kettle, make a cup of your favourite brew, and have a chat about why you value equality and what it means to you.
Free EqualiTeas pack
Register your EqualiTeas event today and receive a free event pack which includes:
• tablecloth board game
• pack of debate cards
• party banner
• selfie placard
• cookie cutter and recipe card
We have 4000 packs to be claimed, register for yours before they have gone.
Who we are
EqualiTeas has been developed by the Houses of Parliament as part of its Education and Engagement Service. It is part of Vote 100 which marks 100 years since Parliament passed a law which allowed the first women, and all men, to vote for the first time: the Representation of the People Act 1918.
In November, the Prime Minister convened a cross-party Working Group to establish a new independent complaints and grievance procedure, in response to reports of sexual harassment and bullying in parliament.
The group’s report was published today and can be read on the Parliament website. It has attracted a lot of press coverage:
100 years ago Parliament passed The Representation of the People Act, which gave the first women and all men the right to vote. To celebrate, Parliament have created ‘Your Story Our History’, three short films focusing on laws that have contributed to women’s rights and continued to empower them.