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Celebrating 100 years of Women’s Suffrage

5th February 2018

TORCH (The Oxford Research Centre in the Humanities) has organised a city-wide raising of the suffrage flag, in collaboration with the city and county Council representatives and other cultural organisations in the city.

On Tuesday 6th February 2018, Pembroke College will display a sign that reads ‘Votes for Women’ printed on a background of purple, white and green (the colours of the Women’s Social and Political Union, led by Emmeline Pankhurst) on digital screens located around the College. 

The day marks 100 years since the Representation of the People’s Act granted the vote to women over the age of 30 who met a property qualification. The same Act gave the vote to and enfranchised all men over the age of 21 for the first time. 

Philip Bullock, TORCH Director and Professor of Russian Literature and Music, University of Oxford commented:

I am pleased to see this excellent collaboration to mark 100 years since some women were granted the right to vote. It is only right that we celebrate this historic moment, just as we must still continue to work towards full equality for all citizens…’

Read more on the TORCH website.