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On the 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 the 6th of February. 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 year.

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Later on at 5:30pm, 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 event 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 their rights and equality of women and girls, giving them a real opportunity to shape future celebrations and initiate positive action”.

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Reading Vote 100 Coordinator Rachel Eden added, “I’m really excited by these two events to launch 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 women”.

 

Events throughout the year will be advertised on the Facebook page. People interested in getting involved can contact Rachel at: racheleden.whitley@gmail.com

 

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