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Fe­bru­ary 2018 will see the 100th an­niver­sary of the Rep­re­sen­ta­tion of the Peo­ple Act. Which women in his­tory would you like to see given more recog­ni­tion for their achieve­ments?

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@lau­rel­worlds Gwen­l­lian ferch Gruffydd ap Cy­nan (princess of Gwynedd; co- sov­er­eign of De­heubarth) is barely known out­side of Wales. Yet she de­fended south Wales for 20 years against Henry I’s in­va­sion forces

@HMoore_Old­ham Old­ham- born, work­ing class suf­fragette Annie Ken­ney put the ques­tion to Win­ston Churchill: “If you are elected, will you do your best to make woman suf­frage a gov­ern­ment mea­sure?”

@ CraigMatthews9 Ellen Wilkinson, ed­u­ca­tion min­is­ter un­der At­tlee. She raised the school leav­ing age, played a prom­i­nent role in women’s suf­frage and helped with air raid shel­ters. Imag­ine the role she could have played if she hadn’t died at 55

@Void­fished Mary Macarthur, founder of the National Fed­er­a­tion of Women Work­ers. Her work was ded­i­cated to im­prov­ing the lives of work­ing women

@BeefeaterDave Con­tro­ver­sial I know, but Mar­garet Thatcher. She gave the mil­i­tary a de­cent pay rise

@Lor­naJSum­mers Marie Stopes. Her legacy has em­pow­ered women – and men – to make choices over hav­ing a fam­ily that are right for them

@ wheelero­fads I think Mil­li­cent Fawcett, pres­i­dent of the NUWSS, de­serves some credit. She seems to be over­shad­owed by the Pankhursts

Ea­mon Ryan Count­ess Markievicz, the first woman elected to par­lia­ment and one of the first women to be­come a gov­ern­ment min­is­ter

Matt Tuff Mary Sea­cole, nurse in the Crimean War. Or Aphra Behn, 17th- cen­tury play­wright, who was very much ahead of her time

An­drew Pot­tenger Zeno­bia, the queen of Palmyra, and chal­lenger of Ro­man supremacy

John A Pur­cell Boudicca. She was tough against Ro­man crim­i­nal rapists

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