• Speakers at the Hear Our Voices meeting
03 Jul | Gender Equality | Women in Politics

Hear Our Voices

At the beginning of 'National Democracy Week 2018', the City of Lincoln Council hosted an 'EqualiTeas' to celebrate the 90 years' anniversary of the Representation of the People Act 1928

In Lincoln's historic Guildhall, guests gathered to hear about the history of the Suffragette Movement, personal accounts of female successes in the political arena, and the importance of inclusive democracy in today's society. Guest speakers included Karen Lee MP, Councillor Naomi Tweddle (City of Lincoln Council), Professor Krista Cowman (University of Lincoln) and Val Moore (LEAP).

The Representation of the People (Equal Franchise) Act 1928 granted equal voting rights to men and women over the age of 21. This was the result of many people campaigning for voting equality over many years. The first petition to Parliament asking for votes for women was presented to the House of Commons on 3 August 1832. To celebrate the 90 years' anniversary of the 1928 Act, the Houses of Parliament developed the EqualiTeas (18 June-2 July 2018) - an invitation for communities to come together and celebrate this historic moment by throwing a tea party!