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Vote 100: Remembering the fight to give women a voice

Feb 08, 2018

 

Celebrate Vote 100 by reflecting on how far we’ve come in the struggle for gender equality – and why the fight continues

 

It’s hard to believe that until 100 years ago, not a single woman – and only some men - had a say in who ran the country. Women were seen as unfit to make complicated decisions about politics, with those who opposed women’s suffrage believing it was ‘against the natural order’ and even potentially dangerous!

We’ve certainly come a long way since 1918 and the attitudes of that time seem unthinkable to most people today. But that doesn’t mean that the fight for equality is over, with women still unrepresented in the upper echelons of politics and business, often paid less than men doing the same job, and frequently facing discrimination and sexual harassment – as recent high profile events have highlighted.

Last year, a record 208 female MPs were elected into the Commons, but they’re still outnumbered by two to one by men. Meanwhile just 26% of the Lords are women, along with a measly 6% of FTSE 100 chief executives. There is still a long way to go until we achieve a 50/50 balance in all walks of life.

To reflect on these issues and celebrate those who put their life on the line to give women a voice, Vote 100 is running a whole host of events throughout 2018. You could organise or attend an Equaliteas event in July, visit the Voice & Vote exhibition taking place this summer, or pop along to one of many talks and lectures happening at Westminster over the next few months.

There’s also loads of information on Parliament’s Vote 100 hub

Check out some of our previous posts on improving equality and diversity in the workplace:

Tech Talent Charter to get more women in tech

Closing the gender pay gap

And bonus post about some of the amazing women in the London tech scene!