Centenary Year

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.

Be a part of Millicent Fawcett's movement

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.

Video credit: Mayor of London

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.

BECOME A FAWCETT member today

2018 marks the centenary of the women's vote in Britain. In contrast to the many historical events taking place around the country to celebrate 100 years of the women's vote, this event will take a more contemporary approach reflecting back on how winning political citizenship has impacted on women's lives in a number of key areas namely: work, politics & activism, criminal justice, STEM, migration & agency and academia.

The conference will feature six panels on these themes with a range of speakers including academics, activists and professional experts. Our invited speakers include: Baljit Ubhey, Director of Prosecution Policy and Inclusion, Crown Prosecution Service, Professor Sarah Childs, Birkbeck, UCL, Gita Saghal, executive director of the Centre for Secular Space, an honorary associate of the National Secular Society, Southhall Black Sisters, Professor Ann Phoenix, UCL and Barbara Lindsay, Civil Service Race Equality Network.

Our keynote speaker is Sam Smethers, CEO of The Fawcett Society, the UK's leading charity campaigning for gender equality. Our conference ends with a Roundtable Session featuring a number of guests, including Professor Louise Ryan, University of Sheffield and Professor Shan Wareing, Pro-VC, LSBU, offering a personal reflection on how far women have come since winning the vote in 1918. The day's events include lunch and an evening reception along with a performance by Dr Naomi Paxton, Vote100, and short film screenings.

*Full programme with the full list of speakers will be updated here soon*

We hope to provide a free fully staffed crèche (depending on demand) for attendees with childcare responsibilities. This is to be confirmed with an update coming very soon.

This event will appeal to academics, students and the general public who want to spend the day exploring how political citizenship matters to women, who are curious to find out more about gender equality issues over the past one hundred years and who would like the opportunity to engage in discussion and debate around female activism and female experiences in a friendly and informal environment. 

For all students and guests unwaged, please contact the organisers to supply you with a promo code.

Organised by Caitríona Beaumont/Clara Eroukhmanoff/Shaminder Takhar|LSBU School of Law and Social Sciences Gender and Sexualities Research Group|Centre for Social Justice and Global Responsibility.

Booking for this event has now closed.