Vote100

This week on February 6th we celebrated 100 years since women (well some) were granted the right to vote.

When we were granted the right to vote it was only for women over 30, women who owned property or women who were married to someone who owned property. 10 years later in 1928 is when all women 21 and over (Voting age at that time) were allowed to vote.

We have come a long way in 100 years, however we still have changes to make. In some countries and cities women still can’t vote, there are still issues with the gender pay gap, women are still being exploited, their voices aren’t yet being heard enough. So it’s time to stand up girl and raise that voice of yours!

Women MPs delivering a a petition of 80,000 signatures supporting equal pay for women to the House of Commons in March 1954. Left to right, Dr Edith Summerskill MP for Fulham West, Patricia Ford ,Barbara Castle (Blackburn) and Irene Ward (Tynemouth).
JPWW19 Women MPs delivering a a petition of 80,000 signatures supporting equal pay for women to the House of Commons in March 1954. Left to right, Dr Edith Summerskill MP for Fulham West, Patricia Ford ,Barbara Castle (Blackburn) and Irene Ward (Tynemouth).

That doesn’t mean that we don’t have cause to celebrate though. We are making changes, we are fighting back and slowly results are being seen. Women are playing major rolls in businesses, even starting their own, there are more strong female leads within the cinema, theatre and music, we are writing books, doing jobs, sharing our stories, we are seeing a growth of female role models  within the limelight and their voices are being heard, giving us hope that ours will be too. We are finally being recognised for our hard work, determination and success rather than looks and family life.

It has been predicted that it will take 217 years to close the gender gap – world wide. Iceland being the most gender equal country still has only closed 87.8% of the gender gap. the UK are in 15th place with 77%. With the changes in the world such a Donald Trump as the president of the United States and 3rd world countries being in the midst of a war the predicted time to close the gender gap is only growing. Just by having Donald Trump as President the USA dropped to 45th place on the list of countries closing the gender gap.

But look what we have achieved in 100 years! It may not seem like a lot is changing today but when you look back at how far we’ve come we know that it is possible. We are seeing marches, we are seeing success, we are seeing people uniting together to create an equal world. People are saying that the future is female, and yes we are definitely being recognised, but the future is female, the future is equal.

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