In 2018 as we mark 100 years of the first votes for women we are at a tipping point. Women, girls and their male allies are standing together to reject misogyny, violence and sexism and to demand change.
We remember the suffrage campaigners of the past and their struggle over many decades for women’s rights including the right to vote. They faced many barriers and set-backs. Yet they persisted. Their triumph inspires us to know that we too can succeed. Anything is possible.
But there are also those who would turn the clock back. Those who would undo the progress of the past. The truth is equality won’t happen on its own. So we have to fight on and find the next generation who will step forward to drive change.
The moment becomes the movement. Join us.
Thanks to a campaign led by Caroline Criado Perez, Millicent Fawcett is now the first woman commemorated with a statue in Parliament Square – a landmark moment for the wider suffrage movement, and for women everywhere.
Find out more about Millicent Fawcett and the movement for women's suffrage by reading our centenary factsheets here.
Watch the story of how the statue of Millicent Garrett Fawcett was made below.
It's been 100 years since some women secured the vote - but as our Sex and Power 2018 report shows, we clearly still have a long way to go. Equality won't happen if we don't fight for it. We've got to make it happen. We will continue Millicent's legacy by ensuring 2018 is a year of victories for girls and women everywhere.
Will you join our call for a fairer, more equal society? Honour Millicent Fawcett today by becoming a Fawcett member at this crucial time for gender equality.
Centenary celebrations are well and truly kicking into gear this month as February 6th marks 100 years since The Representation of the People Act granted some women the vote. On the 6th, we are launching #OurTimeNow, a major new campaign to break the barriers to gender equality throughout 2018 and beyond - click here to get involved now. There are a plethora of events, performances and feminist book launches unfolding over the year. The list below is by no means exhaustive, but provides a snapshot of upcoming Fawcett-related Centenary Happenings to check out. We send out newsletters with the latest on events, exhibitions and workshops each month. We're also lining up an exciting programme of events and activity in several major cities, both exclusively for our members and for the wider public. Sign up to our newsletter to make sure you don't miss out!
See more events for the Suffrage Centenary collated by Vote 100 UK here, and by The Government Equalities Office here. See our top picks for feminist festivals and events for young people here.
5 JULY 2018: Join us to honour the dedication of suffrage campaigners in Liverpool and their relevance to women’s lives today.
16 JUNE 2018: A look back on how winning political citizenship has impacted women's lives in a number of key areas including politics & activism, criminal justice, and migration & agency.
14 JUNE 2018: An event focusing on the future of the workplace and the implications for industries dominated by women, including part-time work and lower paid jobs.
8 JUNE 2018: Join us to help us raise funds for our Future Fawcett campaign, celebrate womanhood, and laugh the night away!
5 JUNE 2018: A talk revealing some of the untold stories of the suffrage movement including the international fight for the vote.
24 APRIL 2018: Join us for the historic unveiling of one of the most significant statues of our time.
8 MARCH 2018: Join Shout Out UK for a comedy night to raise money for Fawcett through a celebration of funny women!
4 MARCH 2018: Join us to #March4Women worldwide so women and girls can live, learn, earn and lead with safety, dignity and respect.
20 JANUARY 2018: Kick off the New Year with a celebration of 100 years of votes for women with a night of comedy, music and special guest speakers!