Yesterday, February 6th 2018, marked a century since women first won the right to vote in the UK.

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The move for women to have the vote had really started in 1897 when Millicent Fawcett founded the National Union of Women’s Suffrage. “Suffrage” means the right to vote and that is what women wanted – hence its inclusion in Fawcett’s title. Read the full story here.

 

Yesterday many people, including the Prime Minister, paid tribute to the suffragettes and suffragists and the sacrifice they made to enable us to be where we are today.

 

“Thank you to all the women who fought for our right to vote – and enabled a woman to occupy the office of FM.  Nicola Sturgeon

 

Others marked the occasion by highlighting work still to be done.

 

“100 years since women got the vote, fewer than 1/3 of MPs are female, all chancellors to date have been men, more than 90% of PLC executive directors are men & women are yet to serve in close combat roles (though some are in training). History still needs to be made! ” Cathy Newman

 

Whilst there is clearly still more to do, we as the ISC community need to keep moving forward, not backwards, and be proud of where we have come.

 

Here’s to the next 100.

 

 

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