Cambridge’s Votes for Women Centenary 1918-2018
In 2018, Cambridge town and gown celebrated the centenary of the first Votes for Women following the enactment of the Representation of the People Act 1918. A partnership of a number of institutions, including Cambridge City Council, the University of Cambridge, and Anglia Ruskin University, organised a series of events across the city to commemorate the work that activists in Cambridge undertook over many decades in order to secure the franchise. Universal suffrage – equal voting rights for men and women, would not be secured for another ten years. This was finally achieved with the Equal Franchise Act 1928.
Event pages and video links are as follows:
06 February 2018: Millicent Garrett Fawcett Blue Plaque: “Nanna was a suffragette”
06 February 2018: Millicent Garrett Fawcett Blue Plaque: Anne Campbell unveiling the plaque.
06 February 2018: Millicent Garrett Fawcett Blue Plaque: Mary Joannou and Jill Sutherland
10 October 2018: Mill Road History Society: The Women who made modern Cambridge, by Antony Carpen.
02 November 2018: Clara Rackham – Speech by Cllr Anna Smith of Cambridge City Council
02 November 2018: Clara Rackham – Presentation by Dr Deborah Thom
02 November 2018: Clara Rackham – Play – Clara Rackham and the General Strike 1926