Celebrating 100 years of Welsh Women

Saul Bowman
February 7, 2018

Writing for the Daily Telegraph, Scottish Tory leader Ruth Davidson supported the calls for suffragettes to receive a pardon: "Voting was a value judgment, not an intrinsic right".

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.

The Fawcett Society, a British charity campaigning for gender equality and women's rights, are among those urging the country's interior minister Amber Rudd to officially pardon more than 1,000 women jailed during their struggle for equality.

The former's origins can be traced back to the mid-19th century, while the suffragette movement began in 1903.

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 Suffragists have become lost in the story and I think they need to be part of the story", she told journalists at the Foreign Press Association in London.

Last century's suffragettes are today's women human rights defenders.

"It would be a fitting tribute to pardon them now".

Female MPs at the launch of Labour’s campaign to celebrate 100 years of women's suffrage
Female MPs at the launch of Labour’s campaign to celebrate 100 years of women’s suffrage

Britain's Suffragettes adopted militant tactics in their fight for the vote, including the use of violence.

While many women were to resent this point of view, by and large, the woman's place was seen to be in the home, cooking for the husband and rearing any children they might have together.

In a speech in the northern English city of Manchester, the birthplace and home of the British suffragette leader Emmeline Pankhurst, May will announce government measures meant to make sure social media firms are stamping out offensive content. "We have done it before of course for Alan Turing [the WW2 code-breaker who was convicted for being gay], I'm certainly going to look at individual cases".

In Westminster, hundreds of female MPs, including Mrs May, posed around a copy of the original bill that gave votes to women over 30 and who owned a property or land.

One of Emmeline Pankhurst's three daughters, she worked full time for the WSPU, which was founded by her sister Christabel and her mother.

"Intersectional feminism is the only feminism, if we want to make real change", said Hall.

Ms Rudd spoke about the proposal as Prime Minister Theresa May praised the "heroism" of Britain's suffragettes, with politicians across the United Kingdom marking the centenary of some women being granted the vote. After war broke out with Germany, an estimated two million women took traditionally male jobs, replacing men who had gone to fightPAPankhurst, her sister Mary Jane Clarke, Charlotte Marsh and Jessie Kelly are greeted by crowds after their release from Holloway prison in 1908.

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. She then refused to pay the fine so that she would be sent to prison. She was not looking for a pardon but a change in the law.


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