Events to mark 100 years of women voting
The Houses of Parliament has officially launched Vote 100, a year-long programme events to celebrate next year’s centenary of women being given the vote. The celebrations will begin on 6 February 2018 to mark 100 years since the Representation of the People Act passed, allowing women to vote for the first time – although it would take another 10 years before suffrage was properly universal.
Throughout 2018, Vote 100 will celebrate the major milestones, and the contribution of women to politics in the UK, with a series of events, exhibitions and educational programmes. These will include a major exhibition at Westminster Hall, Voice and Vote: Women’s Place in Parliament, and an online course at Royal Holloway College. Further details can be found at www. parliament.uk/vote100.
Meanwhile The National Archives is also running events to mark the centenary, and the 90th anniversary of the 1928 Equal Franchise Act. These kick off with a webinar this month on ‘Tracing Your Suffrage Ancestors’. It will take place at 6pm on Wednesday 13 September. To register visit http:// bit.ly/2vN02mn.