Mhairi Black MP for Paisley and Renfrewshire South is supporting a year-long programme of events organised by the UK Parliament to mark 100 years since the 1918 Representation of the People Act, which gave all men and some women the vote for the first time.
The Vote 100 programme includes a wide range of events and activities commemorating the women and men who fought to achieve electoral equality.
The Representation of the People Act extended the right to vote to the first women all and men over 21, making this one of the most important centenaries in British democratic history.
Throughout the year there will be a major exhibition in Parliament – “Voice and Vote” – as well as an exciting programme of talks and tours in Parliament. There will also be a number of UK-wide events, such as EqualiTeas and UK Parliament Week 2018.
As part of the Vote 100 programme, Parliament is releasing a series of hard-hitting films to highlight how four key acts changed the lives of women. Four women have agreed to speak directly to camera in highly personal interviews about the difference the Representation of the People Act 1918, the Female Genital Mutilation Act, the NHS Act and Abortion Act have made to their lives. This the third instalment of Your Story, Our History, a film series that explores how legislation passed by the UK Parliament can transform people’s lives.
Schools and community groups in Renfrewshire South are encouraged to get involved in debating and celebrating this important anniversary in our democracy.
Mhairi Black MP said: “The Representation of the People Act 1918 was a vital step forwards for gender equality, and the centenary of the Act is an incredibly important opportunity for us to reflect on how far we have come, thanks to the extreme bravery and sacrifice of the women who fought – and in some cases died – for equality.
“We all know that there is lots more to do, we still have absurd inequalities that plague our society such as the gender pay gap, the rape clause, violence against women, maternity discrimination and the tampon tax. I look forward to working with people across Renfrewshire to ensure we create an even more equal society and combat inequality for women.”
“There are countless opportunities for schools and community groups across Renfrewshire to get involved in this key anniversary. Please drop me an email if you would like to be involved – firstname.lastname@example.org.