Yesterday, 8th March, was International Women’s Day (CLICK HERE), a special day that celebrates women’s achievements around the world.
Clwyd South Women celebrated along with others at a gathering of like minds at Theatre Stiwt, Rhos, near Wrexham, where Welsh Women’s Aid (CLICK HERE) and the Stepping Stones Project (CLICK HERE) put on a showing of the film ‘Suffragette’ (To see the trailer, CLICK HERE) which depicts the harrowing conditions that women worked and lived under and the appalling attitudes and discrimination they suffered at the time. It is well worth a watch.
2018 is also the centenary year of the Parliamentary Act that gave women over the age of 30 years, who owned property or had a University Degree the vote, along with all men over 21. It was a landmark point in British Politics.
Attitudes towards poorer working class women unfortunately didn’t alter and it wasn’t until 1928, 10 years later that all women got the vote at 21 years of age.
It was a long hard struggle for politically active women during those times and we often forget or take for granted their fight and sacrifice that has given us our vote.
It is imperative that everyone, men and women, REGISTER TO VOTE (CLICK HERE) and, more importantly, use that vote!
The struggle for equality is not over, we still have to strive for equality, especially us women, for our voices to be heard and our potential to be reached.
Remember to USE YOUR VOTE!
Liz Parry, Chair of Clwyd South Women’s Forum & Vice Chair of Clwyd South Labour Party