City exhibitions to celebrate women winning right to vote

City exhibitions to celebrate women winning right to vote

This year marks 100 years since Parliament passed a law allowing the first women and all men in the UK to vote.

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A group of women from the Women's Freedom League campaigning for votes for women in what is believed to be Queen Street, early 20th century

This year marks 100 years since Parliament passed a law allowing the first women and all men in the UK to vote.

To celebrate this milestone the City of Wolverhampton Archives and Wolverhampton Art Gallery are hosting two exhibitions and a talk to explore how the change in legislation transformed the lives of women and how the women of Wolverhampton played a significant part in the fight for women’s right to vote.

Running until Saturday, March 24, Votes for Women, is on at the City Archives, Molineux Hotel Building, Whitmore Hill, Wolverhampton, WV1 1SF.

It looks at the contribution of women from Wolverhampton in the fight to gain the vote.

The exhibition is free and showcases historical documentation, and imagery of the women involved in this triumph.

Visitors can see Votes for Women during the City Archives’ opening times on Wednesdays (1pm – 7pm), Thursdays and Fridays (10am – 4pm) and Saturdays (10am – 1pm).

At Wolverhampton Art Gallery, on Thursday, March 8, emerging academic and art historian Hannah Squire will give an illustrated International Women’s Day Talk about the forthcoming exhibition Women of Wolverhampton and The Fight for Women’s Equality, celebrating the city’s Suffrage campaigners, factory workers, women artists and activists, and their part in the national movement for gender equality.

The talk will take place from 11am to noon, and costs £2 per person.

Women of Wolverhampton and The Fight for Women’s Equality opens at the Lichfield Street gallery on Saturday, May 26, and admission to the exhibition is free.

Councillor John Reynolds, Cabinet Member for City Economy, said: “I am delighted the city archives and gallery are highlighting the huge part the people of Wolverhampton played in securing the right to vote for women.

“I would urge everyone to go along to these fabulous exhibitions. Not only is it a chance to learn more about this critical moment in history, it is an opportunity to pay tribute to the determination and strength of those involved in the fight.”