This year we celebrate 100 years since the limited franchise for women was achieved. This was the first step towards all women, over the age of 21, gaining the vote in 1928.
The Reading Vote 100 group are encouraging everyone to celebrate this and to register to vote in the upcoming local elections on the 3rd May 2018.
In 1918 women who were householders over the age of 30 were granted the right to vote. This followed a long struggle by campaigners who often risked their lives in order to achieve this. Many suffragettes were regularly arrested for their actions and subject to force feeding whilst in prison. This struggle reminds us how much others sacrificed so that the women of today could have their say in politics.
It is important, especially this year, that we use our vote to have our say in the running of our local government.
The last day for registering to vote is the 17th of April and polling stations will open on the 3rd May for the local elections.
Rachel Eden, Coordinator of the Reading Vote 100 Group said “Remembering the struggle that both the suffragettes and the suffragists endured in order to win women the right to vote reminds us just how important the right to vote is. Make sure you have your say by registering to vote now”
It takes 5 minutes to register to vote, and people can do it online at: https://www.gov.uk/register-to-vote. Alternatively people can contact their local council for a registration form.