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Fight For Equality Far From Over

Tuesday, February 6, 2018

 

GMB CELEBRATES 100 YEARS SINCE FIRST WOMEN VOTERS BUT SAYS FIGHT FOR EQUALITY FAR FROM OVER

We still see more women on zero hour contracts, suffering the impacts of insecure work and enduring widespread sexual harassment from Westminster to workplaces across the UK says union.

GMB, Britain’s general union, has celebrated 100 years since some women were first allowed to vote but warned the struggle for equality is far from over.

The Representation of the People Act, passed on 6 February 1918, gave women over 30 and 'of property' the right to vote.

Sarah James, GMB National Equality Forum Women’s Lead, said:

“A hundred years ago some women - those who owned property and were over 30 - successfully fought for the right to vote.

“But just like today there were too many women, too many working class women, left wanting.

”It is of course right that we celebrate the giants of the shoulders which we now stand on; so today we should remember and celebrate the women we owe so much to.

“Women like Emmeline Pankhurst, Emily Davidson and Flora Drummond but also women like Muriel Matters who was the first woman to ever 'speak' in Parliament during a protest that saw her chain herself to the grille that blocked out women's faces and voices from the gallery of the Commons.

“But as we see more women on zero hour contracts, suffering the impacts of insecure work and enduring widespread sexual harassment from Westminster to workplaces across the UK, we must recognise that the fight maybe different thanks to the brave women before us, but the fight for true equality is far from over."

ENDS

Contact: GMB Press Office on 07958 156846 or at press.office@gmb.org.uk

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