Harriett joins celebrations to mark 100 years of women’s vote - The Evesham Observer

Harriett joins celebrations to mark 100 years of women’s vote

Evesham Editorial 9th Feb, 2018   0

PERSHORE’S MP Harriett Baldwin joined the celebrations of the centenary of women winning the right to vote in a gathering of female MPs.

There are more female MPs than ever serving in the House of Commons with 208 women elected last year making up nearly a third of the chamber.

The current intake gathered with Prime Minister Theresa May to mark the one hundredth anniversary of the passing of the Representation of the People Act which granted some women the right to vote in General Elections.

All women were allowed to vote on equal terms with men ten years later.

“This is a memorable anniversary and I was proud to stand amongst so many strong and capable women, alongside the second female Prime Minister, to mark this day,” Mrs Baldwin said.

“I try to do all I can to inspire women and girls to get involved in politics either at a local or national level and over the years I have visited many of my local primary schools to talk to pupils about how important it is to vote.

“The battle to secure equal voting rights was a hard-fought campaign but I am delighted there are so many women serving in the House of Commons speaking up for their women electors.

“There is, of course, so much more to do to equalize the number of men and women MPs but this is an important milestone in that effort.”


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