Women's suffrage

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    Video caption: Trump to pardon women's rights activist Susan B Anthony

    Anthony, who died before the 19th amendment was ratified, was convicted of voting illegally in 1872.

  2. Millicent Fawcett’s brooch to go on permanent display


    Millicent Fawcett’s "Steadfastness and Courage" brooch is to go on permanent display at the Museum of London.

    The gold and enamel piece was made for the leader of the National Union of Women’s Suffrage Societies (NUWSS) by her members.

    Fawcett spent her life campaigning for women’s suffrage and equal rights. She was president of the NUWSS, the largest non-militant suffrage campaign group, between 1907 and 1919.

    She regularly wore the brooch, often as a pendant, and it is included on the statue of her unveiled in Parliament Square in April 2018.

    Social & Working History Curator Beverley Cook said the piece "enables us to represent the key role played by those women who fought constitutionally for the right to vote without taking direct militant actions".

    The piece is on long-term loan from the Fawcett Society and will be on display in the People’s City Gallery from Friday.

    Millicent Fawcett statue
  3. Judy Punches Up

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    Video caption: Punch and Judy - unexpected feminist icons?

    Dr Naomi Paxton plays with the idea that fairground stalwart 'Punch and Judy' played a part in the Edwardian Suffrage Movement, along with an enthusiastic band of male supporters.

  4. "Women are ill, women get married, women have babies"

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    Video caption: A century after women got the vote: is their work finally considered equal to men's?

    One century on, we ask if women's work is considered equal to men's work - and when it isn't, how much that has to do with attitudes

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    Video caption: In 1959 a Swiss referendum denied women the right to vote

    In 1959 Swiss men took part in a referendum on whether women should be allowed to vote in general elections. Two-thirds said no. Women didn't get the vote until 1971.

  6. Pankhurst's portrayals of working class toil sold to Tate

    Four watercolour paintings by Sylvia Pankhurst depicting working class women in the early 20th Century have been bought by the Tate Britain gallery.

    The 1907 paintings, featuring women working in mills and potteries, belonged to the Manchester artist's grandchildren.

    Sylvia Pankhurst painting

    The daughter of suffragette leader Emmeline Pankhurst, Sylvia gave up art to dedicate herself to the suffrage movement,

    Sylvia Pankhurst painting

    The paintings will go on show at Tate Britain in London next year.

  7. More women councillors needed, County Hall told

    Karen Dunn

    Local Democracy Reporter

    The call for more women to stand for election has been shouted from County Hall in West Sussex once again.

    One-third of the county's councillors are women, which is higher than the national average, but it has been said in the past that more needs to be done to improve that figure.

    In a notice of motion to the council, Conservative councillor Hilary Flynn asked colleagues to support efforts to persuade more women to put themselves forward for the 2021 elections.

    With Suffrage rosettes pinned to their clothes, members celebrated the first two women on the council - Ellen Chapman and the Honourable Evelyn Gladys Cecil.

    The pair were elected in 1919, representing Worthing and Bognor respectively, with Mrs Chapman going on to be the county's first mayor in 1920.

    Ms Flynn said: "We owe it to the determination of women like Evelyn Cecil and Ellen Chapman to strive to have councillors and Parliamentarians who truly reflect the people we represent.

    "If we have a diverse council we will attract a diversity of potential councillors.

    "It is incumbent upon all of us to make this happen."

    The fact that West Sussex has a female council leader in Louise Goldsmith is also something of a novelty - the national statistics are fewer than one in five.

    In addition, four of the nine cabinet members are women.

  8. Last chance to see giant suffragette mosaic

    Today is the final chance to see a giant piece of artwork at Birmingham's New Street station.

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    Video caption: Timelapse captures the unveiling of the portrait of Hilda Burkitt

    The 20m (65ft) image is made up 3,724 selfies and other photos of women sent in from across the UK.

    The project, titled Face of Suffrage, is the brainchild of artist Helen Marshall and marks 100 years since the first British women voted.

    It's estimated to have been seen by 5.4 million people.

  9. Face of Suffrage: Lead artist to speak at city event

    The artist behind a giant mosaic of a suffragette made up of thousands of selfies and pictures of "inspiring" women is to speak about the project on Wednesday.

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    Video caption: Timelapse captures the unveiling of the portrait of Hilda Burkitt

    The 20m (65ft) portrait of Hilda Burkitt is on show at Birmingham New Street station, where she threw a stone at the prime minister's train in 1909.

    Artist Helen Marshall had appealed for selfies and pictures of women "you wish to celebrate" for the Face of Suffrage artwork marking 100 years since the first British women voted.

    She'll be speaking about the project at the free event at 18:00 in Lloyds Room at Birmingham Hippodrome.

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    Video caption: Meet the women trying to break the Vatican glass ceiling

    The Catholic Church has announced a new focus on the role of women – but is it enough?