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Woman's Hour celebrates 100 years since the first women voted in a UK election

The programme celebrates the centenary of the first UK women voting and standing for parliamentary election.

December 14th is the 100th anniversary of the first time some women, an estimated eight million of them, were eligible to vote. It was also the first time that women were able to stand for election as a Member of Parliament. We’ll be celebrating these milestones in a special programme broadcasting live from Parliament. Jane Garvey will be joined by a panel of current women MPs and by an invited audience of past MPs, Youth Parliamentarians, academics and campaigners for change. We’ll be hearing why our vote matters, what impact women voters and women MPs have on policy that benefits women? How much has changed for MPs since the early days of Nancy Astor, and just when will we see a 50:50 Parliament?

Presenter: Jane Garvey
Producer: Kirsty Starkey
Producer: Dianne McGregor

Interviewed Guest: Jo Swinson MP
Interviewed Guest: Jess Phillips MP
Interviewed Guest: Nusrat Ghani MP
Interviewed Guest: Hannah Bardell MP
Interviewed Guest: Dame Joan Ruddock
Interviewed Guest; Baroness Anne Jenkin
Interviewed Guest: Jordhi Nullatamby
Interviewed Guest: Dr Mari Takayanagi
Interviewed Guest: Professor Sarah Childs
Interviewed Guest:Professor Rosie Campbell
Interviewed Guest: Edwina Currie
Interviewed Guest: Dr Shola Mos-Shogbamimu
Interviewed Guest: Frances Scott

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57 minutes

Women In Parliament - More Information

British Youth Council

Find out more about the 50:50 Parliament Campaign here.

Who were the 17 women who stood for Parliament in 1918? Find out about them here.

Vote 100: Parliament events and information


  • Fri 14 Dec 2018 10:00

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