Women's suffrage in the UK

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

    Brooch

    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
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    Video caption: Who is shining a torch for women today?

    One hundred years since the first votes were cast by UK women, who is standing up for women's rights today?

  3. March honours spirit of suffragettes

    The statue of Emmeline Pankhurst is due to be unveiled shortly. In the meantime, here are a selection of images from the march from the Pankhurst Centre to St Peter's Square this morning.

    Pankhurst march

    Harriet Monkhouse (right) and Jean Johnston, dressed in the uniform of a suffragette, posed in the winter sun ahead of the unveiling of the statue.

    Pankhurst march

    Jenny Garside was among those who dressed suffragettes for today's event.

  4. 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.

  5. Samosas at the Seaside

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    Video caption: It's 25 years since the film Bhaji on the Beach. What's changed for British Asian women?

    It is 25 years since Bhaji on the Beach, and Yasmeen Khan takes a group of Asian mothers and daughters to the coast to find out if the issues raised in the film have changed.

  6. Women of Cumbria march to celebrate suffrage centenary

    There will be a parade around Carlisle's town centre pedestrian area tomorrow to celebrate 100 years since women were given the right to vote.

    Women with banners

    They will be marching with banners created with the artist Karen McDougall and 11 museums around the county, a New Orleans-style street band and the Carlisle Community Choir.

    They will parade three times, at 11:00. 11:30 and 12:00.