On the anniversary since some women were first given the vote, Kingston and Surbiton's Women's Officer, Kezia Coleman, speaks proudly how she is standing alongside other local Labour women candidates in the local elections in the borough this spring.
Today marks 100 years since some women were first given the right to vote in the UK. The Representation of the People Act was adopted in February 1918, ahead of universal women's suffrage in 1928. Today we look back and remember the sacrifices made by those in the suffrage movement. We remember the desperate acts, and the horrors endured by many women at the time, in order to have their voices heard.
We now have more female MPs than ever before, but with 208 women sitting in Parliament, women are still hugely underrepresented. Currently, 65% of seats held in Kingston Council are filled by men.
As Kingston and Surbiton's Labour’s Women’s Officer, I continue to look at the issues impacting women and girls today, working alongside campaigners to break down the barriers in society, put up by outdated ideas of the gender roles we still partly cling to.
I am proud to be standing along side many fantastic women from our community in the next local elections, pictured above.
“I hate to hear you talk about all women as if they were fine ladies instead of rational creatures. None of us want to be in calm waters all our lives” – Jane Austen.