Today marks the centenary of Voting Rights for Women. This landmark event was the result of sheer staughness, courage & abundant alligience of some amazing & fascinating women; the suffragettes. Today on this historic day we salute these truly inspirational women.
The suffragettes fought against the injustice of the right for women to vote & empowered women to stand for their civil rights. These women fought tirelessly & valiantly, with many loosing their lives & freedom, to give us a voice today.
It lead to this day in 1918, when the Representation of the People Act was passed. This law allowed some women the right to vote for the first time ever. It was the precedent eventually, which lead to laws passing for all women to having voting rights.
They are so many women who made this milestone possible & the more key leading figures are listed below:
Emmeline Pankhurst (1858-1928): Leader of the Suffrogette Movement & founder of the Women's Social & Political Union.
Emily Davison (1872-1913): Campaigned tirelessy as a suffrogette despite multiple arrests. She died after being hit by the king's horse at the 1913 Epsom Derby.
Millicent Garrett Fawcett (1847-1929): President of the National Union of Women's Suffrage societies & often credited as the essential force in the fight for the vote.
Barbara Bodichon (1827-1891):Formed the first ever Women's Suffrage Committee, which then organised the first of many petitions calling for women to have the vote.
Sophia Duleep Singh (1876-1948):Both a princess & a prominent suffragette. She used her status & money to fight for women's rights & social change.
Today at 'The Politics Pill', we are forever grateful for every woman who fought for future generations to have their voices heard with the power to vote.
'I would rather be a rebel than a slave'. - Emmeline Pankhurst.
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