In Blackford this weekend there is an opportunity for any and all women with a connection to Blackford to celebrate Votes For Women.
This weekend there will be a series of workshops, supported by local ceramic artists to create a ceramic tiled installation which will be fired and glazed before inserting within a handmade metalwork frame. The project is conceived by women, for women, run by women, to celebrate women and their achievements. (Even our blacksmith is a woman.)
The ceramic tiles will be created by women of all ages and abilities from Blackford, raising awareness of the marking of the centenary of the women’s suffrage movement within their families and the community. All support workers within the project are women.
The Representation of the People Act 1918 extended the vote to some women in the United Kingdom for the first time. In the same year, the Parliament (Qualification of Women) Act allowed women to stand for election to become a Member of Parliament.
The centenary is an opportunity for all of us to remember and pay tribute to the individual women whose actions through the suffrage movement and to the war effort in 1914-18, eventually made Parliament take heed and grant at least some women the vote. It would, of course, take another 10 years and the passing of the Equal Franchise Act 1928 for women to be granted the vote on same terms as men.
A great opportunity for all women with a connection to Blackford to get together and celebrate and commemorate what was a truly momentous occasion. If you would like to take part, please contact Irene McLaughlan, tel. 01764 682495.