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Voice & Vote book launch and Vote 100 project in general

A century ago this year, Parliament passed the Representation of the People Act 1918, a package of electoral reforms that extended the vote to women for the first time.

A series of events took place throughout Britain to commemorate 100 years of the Representation of the People Act, a landmark for women’s equality and British democracy.

On 10 June 2018, tens of thousands of women across the UK walked together in public processions wearing purple, white or green wraps to represent the colours of the Suffragettes. These women formed a living portrait of women in the 21st century and a visual expression of equality, strength and cultural representation.

The processions that took place in cities such as London, Cardiff, Edinburgh and Belfast, celebrated the fight for suffrage and expressed what it means to be a woman today. That was a truly remarkable occasion and was documented and covered by the BBC.

On 27 June 2018, publisher St James’ House launched at Westminster Abbey the official commemorative album for the Vote 100 anniversary campaign, titled Voice & Vote and produced in partnership with the History of Parliament Trust. Head of School, Professor Linda McKie and Sociology Professor, Lynn Jamieson attended the launch event on behalf of the British Sociological Association, which contributed to Voice & Vote.

Written by academics and experts, and featuring a fascinating selection of archival images and documentation, the book tells the story of the struggle for women to get the vote, how the vote was won and how the fight for equality continues to this day. 

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Professor Lynn Jamieson (left) and Head of School, Linda McKie (right) at the launch of Voice & Vote

As part of the 100th anniversary celebrations, the School will launch later this summer a Vote 100 wall celebrating women graduates. This wall will be on display on the ground floor of the Crystal MacMillan Building.

More information on Vote 100 is available on the official Vote100 website, as well as on the UK Parliament website. To find out more about the Voice & Vote book, you can visit the St James’ House website.

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