Wealden MP Nus Ghani is to help celebrate Sussex suffragettes and suffragists in an exhibition at Bridge Cottage in Uckfield.
It will take place from Monday, May 21, to Saturday, June 2, and the MP is keen to hear from any community groups interested in helping with the project. She can be emailed at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Ms Ghani said exhibition would recognise the people who fought for the right of women to vote and who contributed so much to the fabric of our society, changing the lives of women in Uckfield, Crowborough, Hailsham, and villages across East Sussex.
Yesterday the MP joined celebrations in Parliament to mark the centenary of the first women being allowed to vote and said she wanted to see more women standing for public office.
She said, in a press release: “As a society, in the last century we have made a considerable amount of progress, with 208 female MPs in the House of Commons.
“There is, however, more to do. That is why the Government has announced £5 million to help celebrate this milestone and to encourage more woemn to engage in our democracy.
“It will fund activities in the cities and towns with strong links to the campaign for women’s suffrage, and allow local communities to apply for money to run celebratory events.”
The MP encouraged women and girls to get in touch with her if they wanted support to enter Parliament.
She said: “100 years on from women getting the vote, women candidates and female MPs still face abuse and threats for standing for public office.
“This should not deter girls and women considering entering politics. I will continue to champion and mentor women and girls from Wealden and ask them to get in touch with me if they want support to enter Parliament.
“Those who fought to establish the right for women to be able to vote and run for office did so in the face of extreme adversity and resistance. Their perseverance and courage is to be admired, and a hundred years later the suffragettes are still inspiring young girls across the country.”
• Vera Woodhouse was remembered in East Hoathly yesterday thanks to a post on the East Hoathly and Halland Community Page.
As Lady Terrington she was believed to be the first Liberal MP to be clearly elected on women’s rights issues. She lived at Greywood and died in 1973. Her ashes are in East Hoathly Churchyard.
• And Wealden Council remembered Miss Maud Roll who led a protest in Mark Cross to secure women the vote and eventually became a member of Uckfield Rural Council, Wealden’s predecessor.
She was a member of the Women’s Tax Resistance League arguing ‘No Vote, No Tax’ and refused to pay her taxes even while bailiffs seized goods from her home to the required value and then auctioned them.
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