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09 February, 2018

Women in NY were granted the right to vote on November 6, 1917; three years later, the 19th amendment was passed, giving voting rights to women nationwide. This equated to 40 per cent of women in the UK. But they still couldn't vote.

She was the leader of the Suffragette movement.

Sam Smethers, chief executive of the Fawcett Society, which campaigns for gender equality and women's rights, says it's "surprising and disappointing" that some of the discussions being had 100 years ago are still relevant now.

Meanwhile in Germany, in 1912, the revolutionary leader Rosa Luxemburg spelt out that 'Women's suffrage is the goal.

The situation was still unequal between men and women - as men over the age of 21 could vote regardless or not of whether they owned property.

"We see working class women, women of colour and queer women pushed out of the history books in favour of the heterosexual, white and middle class women". Let us celebrate the sacrifice and dedication of the women's suffrage movement - but let us also recognise that the best way of honoring their memories and their legacy is to inject new momentum into increasing women's political representation and achieving true equality for all.

Emmeline made great strides for women including being a part of arson attacks, smashing windows and other drastic action.

This lack of intersectionality is a tradition which has endured through to our modern democracy.

Many laws and societal attitudes meant women faced barriers and prejudice throughout society - in work, education and marriage. Women whose chances of living in poverty and insecurity are increased further by being from an ethnic minority.

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Now the United Kingdom has a female prime minister, there are female MPS, council leaders, AMs and also local councillors. The first black woman MP to ever be elected was Hackney's Diane Abbott.

Pankhurst called a halt to the militant campaign at the start of World War I, urging her supporters to back the war effort instead. "A lot's changed in the 100 years since women got the vote". "It reeks of the establishment, and of power" said Pidcock.

This is a striking 97 years after women in the United Kingdom first won the vote, and 134 after women in the Isle of Mann.

The traveling exhibit, titled "Recognizing Women's Right to Vote in New York State" is on display in the library's Leondar Learning Commons through March 2. Before 1918, a woman's job was to only have children and look after her family at home.

"I was quite fascinated by these postcards because not many people have done research on them, and I thought they were telling a message of how hard it was for women at that time to be taken seriously", she says. What exactly is being done to combat the pay gap between the sexes?

Protests against the rules had made themselves heard over a decade earlier, when in 1970 a group of female journalists demanded to be served because 'our money is equal so our rights must be equal.' In the 1970s, women could legally be refused the right to go drink unaccompanied.

"It feels like a very patriarchal environment". But the most marginalised have always had to fight outside of the electoral system to put their interests on the table.

"The reason it wasn't given to all women in the first place was because they were anxious they would end up with more women voters than men and the politicians had no idea how women would use their vote, in fact they were probably quite scared about how women might use it" she explained to The Debrief.

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