WOMEN ACROSS BRITAIN CELEBRATE 100 YEARS OF SUFFRAGE

Women at PROCESSIONS2018. Photo via @processions2018 on Twitter.

On Sunday, women across Britain celebrated to mark 100 years since they won the right to vote. In 1918, the Representation of the People Act granted property-owning British women over age 30 the right to vote. The same act allowed all men over 21-years-old to vote. It would be another decade before women in Britain would have the same voting rights as men.

Photo by Artichoke/Amelia Allen.

Women in England, Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales took the streets for celebratory marches. In Belfast, Cardiff, Edinburgh and London, organizations 14-18 Now and Artichoke coordinated the #PROCESSIONS2018, a march in collaboration with 100  female artists who worked with local communities to create banners and signs.

Statue of Millicent Fawcett by artist Gillian Wearing in Parliament Square. Photo by Getty Images.

The marches across Britain follow the April unveiling of a statue commemorating the life of the suffragist Millicent Fawcett opposite Parliament. In addition, dozens of sites across England where suffragettes held mass meetings or protests are being officially recognized on the country’s National Heritage List.

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