A hundred years ago, to end suffrage and promote equality in Britain, a movement began as “suffragettes”. There were mostly women from upper middle class and middle-class economic status to change the socio-economic situation of women and allow them to vote. The word “suffragette” was first introduced by journalist Charles E. Hands to describe the activists of the suffrage, particularly, the members of the Women’s Social and Political Union (WSPU) as a motive to ridicule them. The term was rather embraced by these women, emphasising it as ‘suffraGETtes”, implying that women want and intend to get their right to vote.
On February 6, 2018, the Britons celebrate a hundred years of law granting women to vote appreciating the efforts made by suffragettes who made it a reality. The idea was ignited by advocates of women rights such as John Stuart Mill which gave birth to the movement. In the British electorate in 1865, Mill introduced the idea of women suffering and inequality, and soon he was joined by many men and women which made it an essential mark in the history of Britain.
Amongst all the suffragettes, Emmeline Pankhurst is the most mentioned in the social media with more than 3,000 mentions in Twitter out of 40,000 tweets made on the subject. The internet is flooded with tribute posts trending #100years, #Suffragette100 and #Vote100 tags. The Prime Minister Theresa May honoured the perseverance of all the Protestant and their stand on the ‘right cause’ as they had to face a lot of hardships, opposition and criticism at that time.
Despite the celebrations, there are more than 1300 women still considered as criminals who were part of the association. Some Britons want them to be forgiven, and the idea was favoured by the government too.
However, the UK still needs a lot of progress in gender equality and incorporating women in the political arena. In a report by World Economic Forum in 2017, it showed that Britain still performed poorly regarding gender equality as compared to France and Germany. In the UK, the number of men attending primary schools was marginally much higher than women while women held only 1/3 part of the parliament. There are currently 200 women as Members of the Parliament in Britain.