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100 years of women's suffrage How one group changed British history

The conversation has re-emerged as we arrive at the 100 year anniversary of the Representation of the People Act, giving women over 30 and "of property" the right to vote.

"They [the anti-suffrage movement] used this assumption that colonial subjects were very patriarchal themselves and they wouldn't like it if women had the vote in Britain", says Dr Mukherjee.

"Women in the 19th century had to contend with open hostility and abuse to win their right to vote", said May, Britain's second female prime minister.

However over the next ten years laws were introduced that eliminated women's rights from serving on juries, working after marriage, and working in industry. Rudd said she would "take a look at it" but described the process as "complicated" and "not straightforward".

"In both cases, it's a discussion of equality", Myriam Boussahba-Bravard - a professor of women's history and gender studies at Paris Diderot University - said ahead of the February 6 anniversary.

On the centenary of some women over 30 achieving the right to vote, the government is facing calls to overturn the convictions of female activists jailed before the implementation of the Representation of the People Act.

The interactive map, which will launch on International Women's day on 8 March, will be a symbol of the suffragettes' legacy - proudly displaying how far we have come over the past century, but also highlighting how much life-changing work is still being carried out today in every corner of the country.

Theresa May will mark the centenary with a speech in Manchester hailing the "heroism" of the suffragettes.




She said: "I think it's really sad that in 2018 we have as the president of apparently the most powerful place in the world someone who has done the things that he has done and speaks the way that he does".

While many women were to resent this point of view, by and large, the woman's place was seen to be in the home, cooking for the husband and rearing any children they might have together.

The fight for women's suffrage was led by women made famous by their daring stunts, law-breaking and non-violent forms of protest, including Emmeline Pankhurst, Emily Davison and Flora Drummond. "Convictions of Suffragettes were politically motivated and bore no relation to the acts committed", Mr. Corbyn said in a press release.

In Europe, Finland became the first European country to introduce women's suffrage in 1906.

Even though progress was stymied when soldiers returned home to reclaim their old jobs, the wheels of Women's suffrage had been put in motion.

"This is important to Rochdale because there were many people from Rochdale who were in the suffragette movement and apparently there was once a meeting at 2 Baillie Street".

One of the oldest prominent WSPU members, she was in her 60s when she left the group after her pacifist ideas contradicted their changed approach when war broke out.

A number of the examples in her collection still have original writing on the back, many of which don't explicitly refer to the image on the front.

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