INTERNATIONAL WOMEN'S DAY

March 12, 2018

I never had the privilege of meeting my Grandmother, who was a passionate and vocal advocate of women's rights.

 

Mary Jane Hayhurst was born in Blackburn in 1870, a Cotton Town in the North of England where equal pay for women mill workers was already established on a piece-work basis.

But women did not have the right to vote and the suffragette campaign was suspended in 1914 at the outbreak of WW1. It was 1918 before the Representation of Peoples Act gave limited rights to women of property and my Grandmother did not live to see Equal Franchise as sadly, she died of TB in 1922.

 

It seems incredible to me that the 1928 Representation of People (Equal Franchise) Act allowing women to vote on the same basis as men, was only brought in 9 years before I was born!

 

Women are still fighting for equal representation in Government and are still being fobbed off by "lip service to change". The least I can do in memory of my Grandmother is to present a graphic illustrating a simple way of ensuring equal status to women in Government.

 

But will it ever happen in my lifetime?

 

 

 

 

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