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Sheffield women celebrate vote centenary

On Friday 14th December inspirational women from across Sheffield gathered at Sheffield Town Hall to celebrate 100 years since some women were able to vote and stand as an MP in a general election for the first time.

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A piece of silverwork created by Sheffield artist Jessica Flinn was unveiled to mark the occasion and will be displayed in the Silver Room of Sheffield Town Hall.

Councillor Mary Lea, Cabinet Member for Culture, Parks and Leisure said:
I am proud to be part of a celebration of the work achieved by the very active suffragettes of this city.

On the 14 December 1918, some women, aged over 30, were able to vote and stand as an MP in a general election for the first time.

Following this, the women of Sheffield continued their fight and nothing could stop the suffrage movement; eventually leading to all women winning the right to vote in 1928.

In celebrating the progress that has been made, it is also important to recognise the contribution of early female politicians such as Eleanor Barton, Labour candidate for Attercliffe in 1920, and Ann Eliza Longden, who was elected as Sheffield’s first female mayor in 1936.

These women paved the way for others, including the female politicians and leadership in our Council today.

Women have achieved a great deal, but we must also not forget the women in other parts of the world who do not yet have the right to vote and whose fight continues.

A piece of artwork unveiled to mark the occasion, which is now on display in the Sheffield Town Hall Silver Room