On 6th February 1918, the Royal Assent gave some women in the United
Kingdom the right to vote for the first time. In Reading, a group of
volunteers are coordinating a programme of events throughout 2018 to
mark the progress women have made from suffrage to citizenship.
Launching this will be two events on the 100th anniversary on 6th February 2018.
Terry Dixon will be leading a unique walkabout on the remarkable
Women of Reading from 10am with all fees donated towards the Alliance
for Cohesion and Racial Equality’s fund for marking this anniversary
Later on at 5:30 pm, Reside Dance will be putting on a public dance performance in
Broad Street opposite John Lewis. With guidance from early women’s politics historian, Dr. Jacqui Turner, and dramaturgy from Miranda Laurence, Reside Dance will celebrate the key historical moments surrounding the Royal assent of
women’s votes in the UK. The performance will finish with a discussion with the audience on the issues that are of importance to women and girls in Reading now regarding their rights and equality.
Jen Stokes, Founder of Reside Dance, said “We hope that our event will increase the town’s awareness of the women’s suffrage movement in the UK and inspire a continued conversation in Reading’s year-long events programme, Vote 100: From Suffrage to Citizenship. Through the discussion on 6th February, we hope to give the people of Reading a platform to voice what matters to them now regarding the rights and equality of women and girls, giving them a real opportunity to shape future celebrations and initiate positive action.”
Reading Vote 100 Coordinator Rachel Eden added “I’m really excited by
these two events to launch of a year of marking the 100-year
anniversary of the first women to gain the vote – and looking forward
to events celebrating the continued progress towards equality for all
Events throughout the year will be advertised via the Facebook page, including a Saturday morning version of the Walkabout on 24th March:
www.facebook.com/vote100RDG/. People interested in getting involved
can contact Rachel on firstname.lastname@example.org