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How Cambridge is marking 100 years of women’s vote


By Ben Comber


Millicent Fawcett pictured in 1892.
Millicent Fawcett pictured in 1892.

A special event to mark 100 years since women won the right to vote will be taking place in Cambridge later this year – and you could be a part of it.

The Banners Project will be launched at Cambridge City Council’s The Vote and Beyond event at the Guildhall on Tuesday (February 6). Residents can take part by making a banner for an exhibition later this year.

Find out more by visiting the Guildhall between 10.30am and 4pm when there will also be events marking a century of women’s suffrage.

Other events in the city on Tuesday include the unveiling of a blue plaque to Millicent Fawcett, leader of the non-violent suffrage campaigns, who lived at 18 Brookside. This will be from 7pm at a civic ceremony at the city’s Guildhall.

And a free screening of the film Suffragette will take place at the Mumford Theatre at Anglia Ruskin at 6.30pm on Monday, February 12, followed by a panel discussion. The following day from 1pm until 2pm, ARU history alumna Sue Slack will present an illustrated talk about the suffrage campaigns in Cambridge.

On Tuesday, February 20, Shahida Rahman will give a presentation at Anglia Ruskin’s East Road campus about two little-known Asian suffragettes, Sophia Duleep Singh and Bhikaji Cama. The talk will take place from 6pm until 7pm.



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