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

Tickets to this event are free 

Join this Fawcett Society talk with a welcome from Joanna Place, Chief Operating Officer at the Bank of England. Followed by a panel discussion led by Matthew Taylor, Chief Executive of the RSA and former Chief Adviser on Political Strategy to the Prime Minister. Matthew has blogged over 1,200 times on topics ranging from policy, politics, public service reform and cultural theory to the RSA itself; he has also written numerous articles and is a regular panellist on Radio 4’s Moral Maze.

Matthew will be joined by a panel of guests including Fawcett Society Chief Executive Sam Smethers and Nicola Smith, Head of Equality and Strategy at the TUC. The discussion will be chaired by award-winning journalist and author Poorna Bell. The discussion will focus on the future of the workplace with particular reference to what the implications will be for industries dominated by women, including part-time work and lower paid jobs.

Please note ticket sales for this event will close on Sunday 10th June at 23.30 and will not be available for sale on the night due to the Bank of England's security protocols.

Smarter Cities: The Future of Work is part of The City of London's Women: Work & Power festival. A programme packed full of events and activities that lament or celebrate the unsung women that have shaped our history and helped define our national identity.

For more information on the festival go to cityoflondon.gov.uk /womenworkpower

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