Plaques commemorating 100 years since women got the right to vote are being unveiled this week in Liverpool
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Plaques are being unveiled tomorrow (Wednesday 21 November) commemorating 100 years since women were granted the right to vote.
They are being unveiled at Liverpool Town Hall and Blackburne House to recognise the part played by women on Merseyside in bringing about female suffrage.
Both the Town Hall and Blackburne House plaques include a quote written by pupils from Liverpool Schools’ Parliament: ‘A vote is not a cross in a box. It is a tool to empower a population and change lives. May the ideals of these women live on’.
The Town Hall plaque also includes a quote from the late community activist and councillor Margaret Simey: ‘The magic of Liverpool is that it isn’t England’.
At Blackburne House, Liverpool born suffragette Kate Sheppard is quoted: ‘All that separates, whether of race, class, creed or sex, is inhuman and must be overcome’.
The event will be attended by National Museums Liverpool historian Janet Dugdale, Claire Dove from Blackburne House and Cllrs Anna Key and Anna Rothery who put forward the proposal.
Lord Mayor, Councillor Christine Banks, said: “It is incredible to think now that women had to fight to secure permission to exercise a basic democratic right, but fight they had to.
“It is really important that we never forget their extraordinary heroism and bravery in securing not just the right to vote, but also to enable women to stand for Parliament.
“The plaques will stand as a permanent reminder of their achievements which benefited women around the world and paved the way for further equal rights and gender equality.”