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The Suffragettes campaigned to get women the right to vote

The Suffragettes campaigned to get women the right to vote

Numerous suffragettes, who with the Representation of the People Act in 1918 won the vote for women over the age of 30 and "of property", received hate mail. "The medal was issued to women who'd been arrested during various demonstrations and who then took part in a hunger strike", says High. The early 1900s saw many suffrage groups for (and against) votes for women.

Scores of women came forward in October previous year to accuse USA movie mogul Harvey Weinstein of harassment and abuse, sparking a chain reaction of denunciations in the world of entertainment and far beyond.

Later this year a statue of Millicent Fawcett, a heroine of the campaign, will be placed in nearby Parliament Square alongside other historic figures such as former prime minister Winston Churchill.

Prior to 1914 there had also been significant campaigns demanding suffrage for women.

The struggle by British women for suffrage began in the mid-19th century and Sheffield was the first place in the country to have formed a women's suffrage society run by women for women - The Sheffield Women's Political Association.

Developer and social landlord Aster Group has announced its backing of a new campaign to marks the 100th anniversary of the first time women were granted the vote in the UK.

The Representation of the People Act was passed in 1918 and enabled women over 30 to vote. The women's suffrage movement might have been powerful, but a Britain in which women voters could decide the outcome of an election was still seen as a step too far. After that, until 39 weeks, it's £145.18 a week, or 90% of your weekly salary - whatever is lower.

Why Do We Still Need to Fight For Women's Rights?

So in 100 years the debate has shifted to reflect women's changing roles and expectations of society. By the time a first child reaches the age of 20, mothers earn around 30% less on average than similarly-educated fathers, said the report funded by the Joseph Rowntree Foundation.

"Women's' contribution has always been written out of the conversation and when it comes to LGBT women, even more so".

Transparency in this area is at least increasing. Not only that but the gender pay gap has been estimated to be two hundred years away but the sexual assault scandals in Hollywood have opened up many of our eyes.

It varies hugely depending on the type of care you need and where you live, but the average cost of sending a child under two to nursery in the United Kingdom is £116.25 a week part-time, and £222.36 full-time, according to the Money Advice Service.

"They persevered in spite of all danger and discouragement because they knew their cause was right", she said.

It's a system stacked against women. Just last November we celebrated the work of the formidable Dr Elsie Inglis who, when she was told by the War Office to "go home and sit still' instead took other women doctors and nurses to France to establish a hospital and dedicate it to the health and welfare of soldiers".

For black women things have been even more hard. "I look forward to seeing the suffrage flag raised above 21 of the University's Colleges, faculty and departments, and above prominent city and county buildings".

One hundred years on and we're still talking about numerous same issues. Why has funding been cut for refuges that help victims of domestic violence?

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