Make sure that you have registered to vote and then use it.
I wonder how I would feel if the government declared that I no longer have the right to do these things, (without the consent of my father or husband, nearest male relative or guardian):
Go to school, Further and Higher Education.
Marry or leave home.
Have or earn my own money. Open a bank or savings account. Make an investment.
Have a say in how my country is run.
Own or inherit property.
Go out in public without a male escort, approved by father or husband etc.
Sign a contract, lease or tenancy.
Have parental rights regarding my children.
Practice contraception or abortion.
Give consent for my own healthcare.
I WOULD BE FURIOUS! FIGHTING FURIOUS! Wouldn’t you?
In some places this would be considered old fashioned, Victorian. This is because in 1911 British and US women fought, died and starved for the rights we now take for granted.
Suffragette, Britain, 1911. Women of Britain & the U.S., never waste your right to vote. These women fought, died and starved for a right we now take for granted. It doesn’t matter who you vote for, vote because you can. It’s a right still denied to millions of women around the world.
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Women gain the vote – 1918
The Representation of the People Act granted women over 30 the right to vote, as long as they were married to or a member of Local Government Register. It also extended men’s suffrage to the right for all men to vote over the age of 21, and abolished most property qualifications for men.
Women gain full suffrage – 1928
Women were granted suffrage equal to men in 1928 under the Representation of the People (Equal Franchise Act) 1928. The age for women to vote was lowered to 21, and property qualifications reduced to the same as men, at this point barely notable.
Women in some parts of the world are still in this position.
Please use your vote. It is so important!
Why don’t women vote?
Well one reason might be that women don’t feel represented in Parliament – both in the fact that the Coalition’s policies are arguably harming most women and because the government is hugely male-dominated.
Natalie Bennett, leader of the Green Party suggested another reason. She told Ampp3d:
“It is understandable women aren’t voting as much as men because they are turned off by the Punch and Judy culture of our politics, don’t hear voices like theirs’ or issues affecting them discussed.”
A YouGov poll shows that women have felt the economic recovery far less than men have.
The deadline to register to vote in the general election is 20 April 2015.
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