Theresa May hails 'heroism' of suffragettes as centenary celebrations start

Theresa May hails 'heroism' of suffragettes as centenary celebrations start

Kerry Wise
February 7, 2018

The UK Home Secretary has explained the complexity of granting pardons to imprisoned females who were demanding a vote right. Rudd said she would "take a look at it" but described the process as "complicated" and "not straightforward".

It also called for the pardoning of suffragettes who were jailed for their political campaigning.

Britain still has "a long way to go" to achieve true gender equality nearly 100 years on from women winning the right to vote, three generations of women told ITV News.

Amnesty International campaigns to help protect women human rights defenders around the world - but you don't need to travel thousands of miles to meet women fighting for justice, and equality.

As the Mayoress Christine Duckworth, raised the flag, she gave thanks to the suffragettes saying: "It is important to commemorate this occasion, so we can remember our past and the sacrifices that those ladies made".

The Anti-Suffrage League was founded in 1908 by Mary Humphrey Ward, with support from two men: Lord Curzon and William Cremer.

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.

Former leader of the Scottish Labour Party Kezia Dugdale believes that now the anniversary is upon us, it's time to start reshifting the focus on the Suffragist movement to include more women. It wouldn't be right for the current government to, in effect, strike out this episode by pardoning her. Yet while the suffragettes were inarguably more physical in their demonstrations, they were not using tactics the country had not seen before.

Women's suffrage in Gulf States have lagged behind the rest of the world, with Oman the first to loosen the law in 1994, followed by Qatar in 1999.

Centenary of the Representation of the People Act
Suffragette Emily Davison was fatally injured by the King’s horse during the 1913 Epsom Derby

When the Representation of People Act became law a century ago today, it was hailed as a landmark moment, for it meant women over the age of 30 who owned property, or were married to a man who did, were entitled to vote.

Theresa May has given her one piece of advice for aspiring female politicians - "be yourself".

But according to Helen Pankhurst, great-granddaughter of celebrated Suffragette Emmeline Pankhurst, their peaceful campaign should not be forgotten.

Donald Trump should "look forwards not backwards", the great-granddaughter of suffragette leader Emmeline Pankhurst said following the USA president's admission that he is not a feminist.

The mark the centenary of the legislation being passed the Yorkshire Evening Post is joining forces with Amnesty International to celebrate extraordinary women in our communities.

Emmeline Pankhurst, long associated with the militant campaign for the vote, however embraced this name for the organisation she had set up in Manchester three years before.

But she said there was still more to do to make politics an attractive prospect for many more.

Derby Day in 1913 marked a significant moment in the movement when Emily Davison threw herself in front of King George V's horse and was trampled to death, becoming a martyr.

Easy methods to use Amazon Alexa to ship SMS textual content messages
Amazon is likely hoping the exposure will help it maintain strong Echo sales and fend off competition from Google and Apple. You could use your Echo speaker to make phone calls to phone numbers in the U.S., Mexico, and Canada.