An afternoon tea, held at Putteridge Bury country mansion in Luton, marked the end of an exciting project to mark the centenary of women gaining the right to vote in Great Britain. 

The month of February 2018, marks 100 years since women over 30 and all men over 21 got the vote. The Representation of the People Act 1918 was only partial suffrage, but it was a victory which propelled the ongoing fight for gender parity. The suffrage movement was happening across the world in places as diverse as India, America and Ireland.

The Vote project aimed to rediscover some of the countless women’s stories and learn about how the various suffrage movements fought their cause – and won.  Six weekly workshops ran on Saturday afternoons, in the lead up to the concluding event, at which individual women’s stories and different aspects of the journey to getting the vote were showcased.  Dr Helen Pankhurst – great-granddaughter of suffragette leader Emmeline Pankhurst, and a leading women’s rights campaigner, was the guest speaker.  Dr Pankhurst shared reflections of some of Luton Irish Forum members and other women who were included in her book ‘Deeds not Words’ which charts how women’s lives have changed over the last century.

Attendees of the afternoon tea, commented ‘I learned lots of new and very interesting information – it should be thought in schools’, ‘Really inspiring and leaves me wanting learn more’,  It was great to attend with my mum and be able to discuss women’s issues over different generations’, I never knew how it involved other countries of cultures.’

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  • The Vote project is funded by The Near Neighbours programme which offers small grants as seed funding for local groups and organisations who are working to bring together neighbours, to develop relationships across diverse faiths and ethnicities in order to improve their communities.


Review – THE VOTE – Rediscovering Womens’ Stories