On 15th Nov 18, the Women Students Community joined in raising awareness for Parliament Week, which marked 100 years since women gained the right to vote. With a number of events taking place right across the UK, the Women Students’ Community ensured their voices were heard, holding a fantastic stall in The Hub.
The stall was a huge success, we gained new members for the community, and helped a number of students register to vote in order to take part in the next general election. As well as this, we had held our first prize giveaway of the year, with one lucky student able to get their hands on a £40 amazon voucher!
The stall also raised awareness of the Suffragette movement, and the BAME women who took part in this fight for the vote. This includes Sophia Duleep Singh. The daughter of the last maharaja of the Sikh empire, she was also god-daughter to Queen Victoria, who was an active member of the Women's Social and Political Union (WSPU), the militant organisation led by Emmeline Pankhurst. She spoke regularly at meetings of the Richmond, Surrey, branch of the WSPU and was a member of the Tax Resistance League, protesting against the exclusion of women from the franchise by refusing to pay taxes and rates.
We want to say a huge thank you to everyone who came to the stall, and all the volunteers who helped out. And made it such a great success! Even our President got involved on the action .........