Women's vote: Rudd claims pardoning suffragettes is "complicated"

  • Women's vote: Rudd claims pardoning suffragettes is

Women's vote: Rudd claims pardoning suffragettes is "complicated"

Referencing the exclusion of some women from enfranchisement in 1918, novelist and broadcaster Bonnie Greer said political life for a woman is still "different, harder, less rewarding, more unsafe than it is for a man".

A lot of this information was found in activist Mary Blathwayt's diary, who also detailed the trysts of Annie Kenney, Emmeline Pethick-Lawrence and Ethel Smyth. It was about middle class white women.

The former's origins can be traced back to the mid-19th century, while the suffragette movement began in 1903.

BBC Radio 4 listeners voted Suffragist Dame Millicent Fawcett as the "most influential" woman of the past 100 years, but Suffragette Emmeline Pankhurst has been mentioned nearly 3,000 times on Twitter in the past 24 hours. The law might have moved on from a 1918 Act which sacrificed the rights of young and working class women, but much of our society hasn't. We need each other.

"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. "They did so knowingly".

"We're now taking action on ten times the number of accounts every day compared to the same time a year ago and using new technology to limit account functionality or place suspensions on thousands more abusive accounts", the statement added.

Britain's Prime Minister Theresa May will warn that social media abuse is threatening democracy in a speech to mark the centenary of the Representation of the People Act, which gave some women the right to vote.

Rwanda now leads the world in terms of share of female legislators, with women holding more than 61% of positions in parliament. I have sought to raise awareness of the first woman to speak in the House of Commons, secretary Margaret Travers Symons, who in 1908 ran up to the dispatch box and shouted "Address the women's issue!" just before being hauled away.

"One of the arguments that some of these anti-suffrage campaigners put forward was that if we give British women the vote - and they would very specifically use the example of India - Indian men and women won't like it", says Dr Sumita Mukherjee from the University of Bristol.

"It helps women who are victims of harassment". A Sikh princess, Sophia Duleep Singh, threw herself in front of the prime minister's vehicle. 1918 is also the year women were able to stand as MPs.

But enough men were lost in battle that extending equal voting rights to men and women would have seen the latter make up the majority of all voters.

In 1902, some Australian women got the right to vote - but the law excluded indigenous women from casting their ballots until 1967.

Known as the anti-suffrage movement, these women had been working to oppose the suffragettes.

The wonderful achievements of these often-unsung heroes will be featured on Amnesty's interactive Suffragette Spirit Map of Britain, which will launch on International Women's day on 8 March. "Some things seem to have got worse", she says. Or that boardroom representation across many industries is so uneven? So how far have we really come?