Twickenham Labour Party Women mark International Women's Day (March 8th*)
Twickenham Labour Party Women’s group are marking International Women’s Day by remembering the Twickenham and Richmond suffragettes who were active, in the Borough and played their part in helping to get women the vote.
The suffragettes were well represented in the area. There were local active Branches of the WSPU (Women’s Social and Political Union) in Richmond, as well as Kew, Kingston and Wimbledon. The Richmond branch took part in Demonstrations in London as well as organizing local meetings and action in Hampton, Teddington, Richmond and Hampton Wick. Most suffragettes abhorred violence but some took radical action in pursuit of their demands to give the women the same right as men to vote in parliamentary elections and stand for Parliament.
Women’s Officer, Cathy Driscoll said;
“Women had been demanding the vote for centuries before they began to get organized to campaign for that right. Against all the odds, in the face of huge opposition, they organized demonstrations, petitions and meetings to lobby to get Parliament to give them the vote. Their determination and bravery gave us who follow the opportunities they never had. They believed that women had to be free to make and draft laws so that everyone could be better represented. In parliament and in local government today there are still not enough women. We want to see that changed.”
“We are proud that the Labour Leader Keir Hardie was an enthusiastic supporter of the suffragette cause. We think it’s important to remember their struggle and their achievements.”
* Please note, womens day is on the 8th March but our celebration in the Turks Head is on the following day - 9th March. See more details in Events http://www.twickenhamlabourparty.org.uk/celebrate_women_international_day