British PM leads tributes on centenary of women's vote

British PM leads tributes on centenary of women's vote

British PM leads tributes on centenary of women's vote

Posthumous pardons to women arrested and detained for fighting for the vote will be considered, the Home Secretary has said. Rudd said she would "take a look at it" but described the process as "complicated" and "not straightforward".

The move has been backed by opposition Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn and Scottish Conservative leader Ruth Davidson, as well as descendents of those involved and equality campaigners.

The Government is now facing calls to overturn the convictions of female activists jailed for their activities before the implementation of the Representation of the People Act 100 years ago, which granted the right to vote to some women.

Today, we are celebrating the right of women to vote, to have a say in their society's future.

The academic said there was "common ground" between Suffragism and groups such as the recent #MeToo movement against sexual harassment.

As the Mayoress Christine Duckworth, raised the flag, she gave thanks to the suffragettes saying: "It is important to commemorate this occasion, so we can remember our past and the sacrifices that those ladies made".

She said: "I think it's really sad that in 2018 we have as the president of apparently the most powerful place in the world someone who has done the things that he has done and speaks the way that he does".

Her measures will sit alongside a commitment from the minister for women and equalities, Amber Rudd, to offer 2.5 million pounds ($3.5 million) for schemes to increase women's participation in political and public life.

More than 1,000 women were arrested and many were imprisoned.

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Dr Sheehy Skeffington added that women should be aiming for 50/50 representation in politics and that a change in attitudes towards women was needed in society. But the suffragists failed to get results, and many campaigners decided a more militant approach was required.

But according to Helen Pankhurst, great-granddaughter of celebrated Suffragette Emmeline Pankhurst, their peaceful campaign should not be forgotten.

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"In both cases, it's a discussion of equality", Myriam Boussahba-Bravard - a professor of women's history and gender studies at Paris Diderot University - said ahead of the February 6 anniversary.

In 1903 Emmeline Pankhurst, and her two daughters Christabel and Sylvia, set up the Women's Political and Social Union in Manchester with its slogan "deeds not words".

Backbencher Jess Phillips said she would be thinking of murdered MP Jo Cox on the centenary, and revealed she sang a pro-suffragette song with colleague Anna Turley as they walked "arm in arm" to her memorial.

Best known as the suffragette who was fatally injured at Epsom racecourse by the king's horse, Davison had a reputation as one of the most daring champions of direct action in the WSPU.

Although she was twice put in Holloway prison, she advocated non-violent means of protest such as withholding taxes and census boycotts. She was not looking for a pardon but a change in the law.

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