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Events to mark 100 years of women vot­ing

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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.

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