It’s been 100 years since the Representation of the People Act came into law, enabling women to vote for the first time. So the Fawcett Society are making 2018 a year of celebration! Come along and celebrate 100 years of women voting with the centenary kick-off party at Pillars Brewery, Walthamstow on Saturday 20th January.
Celebrate 100 years of women voting
Do you take it for granted that you have the right to vote? Do you use that right by going to vote at local and general elections? I was shocked to find out that my flatmate had never voted at the age of 28 years. In my opinion there is no excuse for this – it’s your life and your right. If you don’t exercise it, how can you object when your rights as women get eroded? Just look at the current changes to women’s rights in the USA. I for one, do not want that to happen in the UK.
This is just one facet of women’s rights that I feel passionate about. Get inspired yourself with the Fawcett Society.
What is the Fawcett Society?
The Fawcett Society is the UK’s leading charity campaigning for gender equality and women’s rights. They’ve been advancing women’s equality since 1866 when at just 19, Millicent Fawcett collected signatures on a petition for women’s votes. She went on to lead the constitutional suffrage campaign and made this cause her lifetime’s work, securing equal voting rights 62 years later.
Today the Fawcett Society continues her legacy of fighting sexism and gender inequality through hard-hitting campaigns and impactful research. They believe in a society where no one is prevented from reaching their full potential because of their gender, do you?
The Fawcett Society campaigns to:
Close the gender pay gap. At current rates of progress, it will take over 100 years to close it.
Secure equal power. Just 30% of MPs and 33% of councillors are women.
Challenge attitudes and change minds. 20% of men aged 25-34 say women’s equality has ‘gone too far’.
Defend women’s rights post-Brexit. There must be no turning the clock back.
We’ve come a long way in 100 years
100 years of the right for women to vote is an epic anniversary that depends an epic celebration. The Fawcett Society is running a year of events to celebrate this milestone and to focus on gender equality.
Did you know that EY Women FastForward estimates it will take 216 years for gender parity? Can we really wait that long?!
This is why equality is an issue close to my heart and should be for all people.
So are you celebrating with us?
EDIT: The event is now kicking off from 5pm!
Come along to Pillars’ brewery on Saturday 20th January from
7pm 5pm. There will be speakers from the Fawcett Society explaining about this milestone, comedy, art and music. The party continues to 11pm with DJ Dolly Dagger on the decks and there will be food available from Walthamstow Dogs, who are also donating 10% of profits.
Oh and did I mention that entry is FREE? You just need to register online for the tickets.
Unit 2 Ravenswood Industrial Estate,
Find out more at the event page.
If you can’t make it to the London event, there will be more events around the UK being announced soon keep checking the Fawcett Society website.
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