Lowestoft women will be joined by Suffolk Euro MP Alex Mayer this weekend to celebrate the centenary of women getting the vote (Sunday 10th June, The Seagull Theatre, Lowestoft).
Ms Mayer will officially open the event, called “Hopes for the future, paying tribute to the past”, which will feature a woman’s history exhibition, afternoon tea and a showing of the 2015 film ‘Suffragette’ film starring Carey Mulligan, Helena Bonham Carter and Meryl Streep.
Suffolk has a proud tradition of women in politics including Millicent Fawcett, and her sister Elizabeth Garrett Anderson, who was the first female Mayor in England in Aldeburgh. The Lowestoft Labour Women’s group campaigned outside the 1914 NUT conference held in what was then the WSPU tea-room.
Ms Mayer, the only female Member of the European Parliament in Suffolk, said “As we celebrate the 100 year anniversary of the first votes for women, it is important to remember that struggle but also to look to the future. There is still a fight to be had for gender equality.
"My message to women is please always use your hard won right to vote in elections - and to those who are interested in politics - take the plunge and get involved.”