These pages are dedicated to centenary celebrations, which started in 2018 and run through to 2028. In 1918 women over 30 were first given the right to vote, but full voting equality was not achieved until 2028.
The Sylvia Pankhurst Gender and Diversity Research Centre will celebrate these two important dates and a number of milestones in between. Additionally, women were first able to enter the legal and accountancy professions in 1919. You can learn more about our events in celebrating these centenaries below.
On February 6th 1918, the UK Parliament passed The Representation of the People Act giving some women the right to vote. 2018, therefore, marked the centenary of some women gaining the right to vote. To celebrate this milestone the Sylvia Pankhurst Gender and Diversity Research Centre organised a variety of events. You can learn more about what we did by clicking on the 2018 Calendar below. Deeds not Words: From Suffrage to Citizenship was our tribute to the campaigning women who fought for equality and those that continue to do so today.
The title of our programme of events was inspired by Dr Helen Pankhurst, Visiting Professor of the Sylvia Pankhurst Gender and Diversity Research Centre, whose new book Deeds Not Words: The Story of Women’s Rights – Then and Now featured in one of the events.
You can read a timeline of the history and also learn more about our Centre.