Council Marks 100 Years of Women's Suffrage

A group of female Bassetlaw District Council employees and Councillors, including the Chairman of the Council and the Mayors of Retford and Worksop, came together for a photograph to mark the centenary of women’s suffrage.

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Tuesday 6th February 2018 marked 100 years since the Representation of the People Act was passed – an act that gave some women the right to vote for the very first time.

Cllr Jo White, Deputy Leader of the Council, said: “This landmark act of parliament had only come about following years of campaigning from the Suffrage Movement. I don't know if I would have been brave enough to wear the colours of purple, green and white and joined with the Suffragettes in their fight for the right to vote, but I certainly hope that I would have been.

“We’ve certainly come a long way since 1918 and Bassetlaw is leading the way with almost equal representation across the political make-up of the Council. Of the 48 Councillors, 23 are women.”

The Electoral Commission’s #Vote100 campaign is asking women across the UK to celebrate their right to vote by posting pictures of themselves across social media with the “I Vote” poster, with many people accompanying their images with a memory of the first time they voted.

Julie Hamilton, Democratic and Electoral Services Manager at the Council added: “We are proud to be supporting the #Vote100 campaign and hope that it will encourage more residents in the District to register and use their vote.”

“We also wish to highlight the bravery and sacrifices made so that women could vote for the first time 100 years ago and hope that our female residents, who haven’t already, register to vote and have their voices heard.”

You can download your poster at www.yourvotematters.co.uk/get-…/centenary-of-womens-suffrage and share your photo with the Council on Twitter @BassetlawDC

If you would like more information on how to register to vote, visit www.gov.uk/register-to-vote.

Published: Tuesday 06 February 2018
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