Jeremy Corbyn joins calls for suffragettes to be pardoned

A century after women won the right to vote in Britain, the ideals of equality are resonating again in the global wave of sexual harassment allegations seen in recent months, a leading academic told AFP.

Half of young British women surveyed by the Fawcett Society did not believe they would live to see equal representation in parliament, the rights group - named after the moderate suffragist Millicent Fawcett - said on Tuesday.

But May will also use the centenary of the women's vote to return to a favoured refrain and renew her call for a fight against online abuse, which she says often targets women lawmakers more than men.

However over the next ten years laws were introduced that eliminated women's rights from serving on juries, working after marriage, and working in industry.

Speaking following a meeting of the shadow cabinet at the Museum of London's suffragette exhibition, the Labour leader added: "Labour in government will both pardon the suffragettes and give an official apology for the miscarriages of justice and wider persecution they suffered".

This year marks 100 years since parliament passed the law which allowed the first women, and all men, to vote for the first time.

Donald Trump should "look forwards not backwards", the great-granddaughter of suffragette leader Emmeline Pankhurst said following the United States president's admission that he is not a feminist.

This act created more inequality for women because it abolished property and other restrictions for men, and extended the vote to all men over the age of 21.

The UK suffragette movement was formed around the Women's Social and Political Union which campaigned for the political and economic emancipation of women.

In a speech in Manchester - the birthplace of Suffragette leader Emmeline Pankhurst - May will honour the women who "transformed British democracy".

"In the 21st century it can not be acceptable for any women - or any person - to have to face threats and intimidation simply because she or he has dared to express a political opinion". "It was such a significant moment for women and this is the most interesting item for me because it is the real thing, it's what somebody, we don't know who for sure, would have been sent and had in their possession", he says.

In 1912, Hanna Sheehy Skeffington vandalised windows in Dublin Castle in protest against women not having the right to vote.

"As far as pardoning for arson, violence, as you rightly point out, that's trickier". The number is considerably more now, over 60, so I think we've made great strides. These women became known as suffragettes and soon made headlines up and down the country.

She said attitudes were also changing among men, particularly those who would have previously dismissed "feminist" arguments.

ALTHOUGH most of us are only too grateful for the chance to vote in political elections, millions still pass up on the opportunity to have a say in how our country is run.

Even though progress was stymied when soldiers returned home to reclaim their old jobs, the wheels of Women's suffrage had been put in motion.

  • Jon Douglas