Women's suffrage

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

A century after women got the vote: is their work finally considered equal to men's?
"Women are ill, women get married, women have babies - so I don't see how they can do equal work to men". Hear how much - or how little - things have changed, from the BBC's Lucy Burton.

(Image: Three students recreate a women's suffrage march. Credit: Leon Neal/ Getty Images)
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.

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
Tate

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

Sylvia Pankhurst painting
Tate

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

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.

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.

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.