Bristol secures funding to celebrate 100 years of votes for women

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10 January, 2018
Bristol is one of 7 areas across England which will benefit from a share of £1.2 million to fund projects in 2018 to mark 100 years since women were first allowed to vote.
 
Bristol’s strong history of activism has helped secure £173,056 from the ‘Centenary Cities’ programme to spearhead an exciting programme to promote equality. The aim is to inspire future generations and learn from history as the project brings a series of events to the city throughout 2018, including a lantern parade, music, comedy, debates, science activities and – in true Bristol style – some specially-commissioned street art.
 
Penny Gane, chair of Bristol Women’s Voice who submitted the bid in collaboration with Bristol City Council says: “We are thrilled to have won this grant and to be working with so many organisations in the city to make sure we learn from our past and continue to strive for women’s equality now and in the future.”
 
Mayor Marvin Rees adds:  “Bristol has a strong history of activism to support the rights of many communities and groups, few more so than the campaign for women’s suffrage.
 
“As a city, we can be proud of the part played by those Bristol activists who fought the fight when equality seemed a distant ambition and those who continue to educate and campaign on women’s rights.
 
“I am grateful for the continued advice and activity of Bristol Women’s Voice and others who are working towards next year’s centenary celebrations.”
 
The ‘Centenary Cities’ programme forms part of the government’s wider plans to promote this pivotal moment in history, including the addition of the first female statue in Parliament Square - Millicent Fawcett - due to be unveiled in 2018.
 
For more information about the range of events planned in Bristol to mark this exciting centenary year, click here.
 
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