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Courage Calls To Courage Everywhere - We're Not Saved Till We're All saved

Earlier this year we marked the centenary of the 1918 Representation of the People Act. The 1918 Act gave the vote only to women over 30 and certain privileged female groups

So I just want to say that YESSSS it was a great first and important step taken towards the ultimate goal of political equality for the sexes in 1918, and it feels like a FANTASTIC cause to celebrate this year and an opportunity to raise awareness on a variety of issues that women are still encountering.

This centenary celebration has the power to start up important conversations but I also want to remember that back in 1918 not ALL women were given the vote, and not ALL women got the vote on the same terms as men. 

The rest of the women in the UK had to wait another decade and when I looked at the dates from around the world when other woman got the chance vote (and let’s not forget that some still don’t) then it really affected me. 

I wanted to create a piece of work that would celebrate the collaborative efforts of a variety of Women’s Suffrage campaigners. 

Though they had their own complex histories and weren’t necessarily working side by side amicably toward the common goal but it felt only fair to try to capture a snapshot. 

I just know I could keep adding and adding to this image because with every new person I begin to learn about I just all further down the rabbit hole!


It is merely a dot on the landscape of amazing women who deserve to be celebrated. My starting point when selecting some of the initial women who were a part of the Womens Suffrage movement was to dive into my sketch book under the list in the front titled 'Women I'd Like To Eat Brunch With'. 


Yes it's a catchy list huh? Spoiler alert: I will be working on a series of that title soon just you wait and see and I'm very excited by it) 
 

Each print will also include a further reading booklet and identification key to hopefully help you to learn more about some of the Women's Suffrage campaigners I have featured.


 

“Courage calls to courage everywhere, and its voice cannot be denied.”
—  - Dame Millicent Garrett Fawcett GBE (11 June 1847 – 5 August 1929)British feminist, intellectual, political and union leader, and writer

About The Fawcett Society

"The Fawcett Society is the UK’s leading charity campaigning for gender equality and women’s rights.

We’ve been advancing women’s equality since 1866 when at just 19, Millicent Fawcett collected signatures on a petition for women’s votes. She went on to lead the constitutional suffrage campaign and made this cause her lifetime’s work, securing equal voting rights 62 years later.

Today we continue her legacy of fighting sexism and gender inequality through hard-hitting campaigns and impactful research.  

We believe in a society where no one is prevented from reaching their full potential because of their gender.

If you believe in it too, join us. " Source: Fawcett society

 

 Image Credit Fawcett society

Image Credit Fawcett society

"The Fawcett Society's story begins with Millicent Fawcett, (In my collage she is standing prominently to the right wearing a green/red  NUWSS badge) a suffragist and women's rights campaigner who made it her lifetime’s work to secure women the right to vote.

At the age of 19, she organised signatures for the first petition for women’s suffrage, though she was too young to sign it herself. She became President of the National Union of Women’s Suffrage Societies (the NUWSS) from 1907-19. With 50,000 members it was the largest organisation agitating for female suffrage at the time. Her powerful and peaceful mass campaign was instrumental in securing the first extension of voting rights for women in 1918.

Millicent worked alongside the Suffragettes, who employed different, and more militant tactics in their campaign. From the beginning, Millicent took an interest in women’s empowerment in its broadest sense; the suffragette colours were green, white and violet which stood for Give Women Votes. The suffragist colours, by contrast, reflected their broader movement: green, white and red or Give Women Rights.

In 1913 she was awarded a brooch engraved with “For Steadfastness and Courage”, which The Fawcett Society still has today. Millicent Fawcett died in 1929, a year after women were finally given equal voting rights. Her work has continued ever since, with The London Society for Women’s Suffrage renamed as The Fawcett Society in her honour in 1953.

2018 marks 100 years since women first secured the right to vote, and Millicent Fawcett will be making history again. She'll become the first woman commemorated with a statue in Parliament Square – a landmark moment for the wider suffrage movement, and for women everywhere."

Source: The Fawcett Society (click to visit their website, opens in new window)