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100 years on, what you’re doing to celebrate women’s rights

It’s been 100 years since women were first given the right to vote, changing history and paving the way for women’s rights. By playing The National Lottery you’re helping to support creative and engaging projects which are celebrating women and creating a greater understanding of the context, experiences and struggles for democratic rights fought by women.

We take a look at just a few of the projects that are uncovering and celebrating the amazing women involved in making history.

1. ‘She Bangs the Drums’, Manchester

Young people in Manchester’s Contact Young Company have used their National Lottery grant to work with the People’s History Museum and the John Rylands Library. Together they are celebrating the lives of the women who achieved change in the 20th century and working to link these experiences with democratic struggles today.

2. ‘Echoes of Holloway Prison’, London

Thanks to you, The Islington Museum is using their National Lottery grant to bring to life the powerful stories behind the bars of Holloway Prison. Exploring its period as a mixed prison – with Oscar Wilde as its most famous inmate – to the women held there for demonstrating at Greenham Common, the project also includes a number of compelling suffragette stories.

3. PROCESSIONS, 14-18 NOW and Artichoke

On Sunday 10th June, women and girls across the UK will mark the centenary of the Representation of the People Act by walking together in public processions across the nations. Part of the National Lottery-funded 14-18 NOW – the First World War Centenary cultural programme – this mass-participation event will form a living portrait of women in the 21st century and create a visual expression of equality, strength and cultural representation.

Image Credits: Photo of Emmeline Pankhurst courtesy of The Women’s Library @ LSE. Image design by Grey London. Photo of girl in white dress: Benji Reid.

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