Council marks centenary of women's suffrage
VALE of Glamorgan Council employees and local Councillors came together in Barry recently to mark the centenary of women’s suffrage.
The Council’s Electoral Registration team invited all female members of staff, and all female Councillors in the Vale, to join them for a photograph at the Council’s Civic Offices and to strike up a conversation between female figures working across local government.
2018 marks 100 years since the Representation of the People Act was passed – an act that gave some women the right to vote for the very first time – and the Vale’s Electoral Registration team hope their work in highlighting the women currently working in local politics will encourage more female residents to come forward and register to vote.
Cllr. Janice Charles, Mayor of the Vale of Glamorgan Council, joined the Council’s Electoral Registration and Returning Officer and Electoral Registration Manager in welcoming their colleagues with the “I Vote” posters and said:
“The women of our past sacrificed a lot to enable us to vote and have our voices heard.
“Events like this, and the celebration that we will be hosting in March for International Women’s day, are significant in demonstrating the progress made in establishing equality across local politics, and we will continue work to promote that equality. I’d like to thank all of our employees and my fellow councillors for joining us to mark the centenary.”
The Electoral Commission’s #Vote100 campaign is asking women across the UK to celebrate their right to vote by posting pictures of themselves across social media with the “I Vote” poster. Many people are accompanying their images with a memory of the first time they voted.
You can download your poster at www.yourvotematters.co.uk/get-involved/centenary-of-womens-suffrage and share your photo with the Council on Twitter: @VOGCouncil.
Debbie Marles, the Council’s Electoral Registration and Returning Officer, hopes that the turnout at the Civic Offices and “I Vote” social media campaign will encourage more female residents to come forward and register to vote:
“We have a great number of inspiring women working across local government in the Vale, many of whom are Heads of services and Councillors.
“By coming together and highlighting the strides made over the last one hundred years we hope to encourage more women across the county to come forward, register to vote, and have their voices heard.”
If you would like more information on how to register to vote, visit the Vale of Glamorgan Council’s website or www.gov.uk/register-to-vote.