Suffragettes100: Remembering a hard-won fight for the vote

Ken Jack- Corbis via Getty Images                   Scottish Tory leader Ruth Davidson has said Suffragettes should be pardoned

Ken Jack- Corbis via Getty Images Scottish Tory leader Ruth Davidson has said Suffragettes should be pardoned

Some women over the age of 30 were able to vote following the Representation of the People Act in 1918.

Manchester, in northwestern England, was the birthplace of Britain's suffragette movement and the home of its leader, Emmeline Pankhurst, who was jailed and force-fed in prison after going on a hunger strike.

To mark the anniversary The Star has teamed up with Amnesty International to launch a campaign to find modern women who have "Suffragette spirit" and have fought for human rights in their communities.

White supremacy will be strengthened, not weakened, by women's suffrage. In 1961, it was available to married women only, but availability was extended in 1967.

Councillor Janet Emsley wore her "faith, hope and charity" brooch, as well as a green ring and a purple ring, which are believed to have represented the secret code of the suffragettes; they would wear these as an indication to other women that they were part of the same group.

I thought I knew enough about those who campaigned for my right to vote.

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Writing in the Daily Telegraph, she said: "Voting was a value judgment, not an intrinsic right".

The industrial revolution was set to change this way of thinking, however, when circumstances saw many women working full-time. After that, until 39 weeks, it's £145.18 a week, or 90% of your weekly salary - whatever is lower.

ALTHOUGH most of us are only too grateful for the chance to vote in political elections, millions still pass up on the opportunity to have a say in how our country is run.

"The prominence of LGBT women in the suffragette movement has often been overlooked, particularly in periods when both society and the law discriminated heavily against LGBT people".

Transparency in this area is at least increasing.

On gendered pay, the government is taking action, compulsory reporting of the gender pay gap for companies with more than 250 employees by April of this year has been demanded but what all of this tells us is that legislation is not enough.

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The Jo Cox Foundation said the former Batley and Spen MP "had the highest ambitions for herself and all women", posting a photo of her as a child in Downing Street.

It's a system stacked against women.

It's hard to imagine a time when women weren't allowed anywhere near the ballot box - and it's even harder to imagine people thinking this was somehow fair and justified. Perhaps even more worrying than the fact that an elected official holds these views is the fact that when he expresses them there is little to no public backlash against him. Canadian Emily Murphy, the first female magistrate in the British Empire, and four others, led the fight after lawyers challenged her right to pass sentence, arguing that as a woman, she was not qualified to sit in the Senate of Canada. And today of all days, it's important that we recognise this. Recent police figures suggest that sexual offences are actually increasing.

Today is the day that women have come out in force to celebrate the landmark achievements of the Suffragists in securing women the right to vote.

She said: "They shouldn't be pardoned they should be celebrated".

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