Thursday, 5 July 2018

90 Years On

There is a Commons debate today to mark this week's ninetieth anniversary of the enfranchisement of working-class women.

Earlier this year was the centenary, incidentally of the re-enfranchisement of wealthy women after an 86-year hiatus, but mostly of the enfranchisement of working-class men, and thus of any working-class people, for the first time ever.

Nor was that any kind of reward for the First World War, which was still going on at the time. Rather, it was because they would otherwise have risen up and taken it. Meanwhile, working-class women fought on for another 10 years in order to secure the vote.

In these parts, there ought to be a triple monument to them, to Women Against Pit Closures, and to the County Durham Teaching Assistants. I need £10,000 in order to stand for Parliament with any chance of winning.

My crowdfunding page has been taken down without my knowledge or consent. But you can still email instead, and that address accepts PayPal.

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