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ANNIVERSARY OF SECURING EQUAL VOTING RIGHTS FOR WOMEN

Today - 2nd July - in 1928 women finally secured voting rights equal to that of men after a long, hard and at times brutal struggle.


The Daily Mail was among the first to coin the term ‘suffragette’ as one of derision, a diminutive term, often printed in snide ‘sneer’ quotation marks, instead of the more neutral term, ‘suffragist’.


However, women campaigners embraced the term ‘suffragette’ and finally secured equal voting rights when the Representation of the People (Equal Franchise) Act was passed, around three weeks after the death of Emmeline Pankhurst on 14th June 1928.



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