In 1908, the Women’s Social and Political Union (WSPU) chose a colour scheme to unify participants in an enormous demonstration in London’s Hyde Park. The three colours they chose became the visual identity for the women’s suffrage movement that we still recognise today – purple for dignity, white for purity and green for hope.
As part of the Democracy in the Making event, artist Amy Hirst showed people how to make their own suffragette rosettes, using a choice of papers and ribbons in purple, white and green.
To celebrate Vote 100, we’re sharing 100 little ways that citizens in Kirklees are doing something to strengthen our local democracy. If you’ve been inspired by Amy’s creativity, why not have a go at making your own rosettes, badges, ribbons or sashes? We’d love to hear how you get on: Share your little deeds for local democracy
Brownies, Guides and Rainbows are getting the chance to earn a special badge this year to celebrate the centenary of women winning the right to vote. Netherton Brownies started their Votes for Women Challenge Badge on 12th February 2018, and they have kindly shared their tweets with us so you can see how they’re getting on. We wish them well.
Watched #Suffragette tonight and I’m very proud to be starting a Special Challenge Badge with my Brownies on Monday about Votes for Women. We won’t be smashing windows or blowing up postboxes but I’ll certainly be explaining why women had to do that, & how far we’ve come. pic.twitter.com/xh3NflTkbx
We started our #vote100 Challenge Badge this week. The girls formed two political parties (Starbucks Unicorn Party & Dancing Dogs Party), had a debate about dogs being banned from the area and their reasons why, and then voted. pic.twitter.com/djDaxtyQB8
We’ve worked on our “Votes for Women” Challenge Badge tonight. We were tied together so we could work together with one hand each to wrap a book, butter bread, plait hair and tie a shoelace. pic.twitter.com/Ayj4AtOnam
To celebrate Vote 100, we’re sharing 100 little ways that citizens in Kirklees are doing something to strengthen our local democracy. If you’ve been inspired by Netherton Brownies, why not run an activity in your group or school to help our young citizens learn about voting? We’d love to hear how you get on: Share your little deeds for local democracy
This year artist Amy Hirst is asking people what their reasons are for voting.
Inspired by a 105 year old pamphlet from the National Union of Women’s Suffrage Societies called “Some Reasons Why Working Women Want the Vote”, Amy ran a market stall at Huddersfield Open Market on Thursday 15th February 2018. She asked shoppers why they think it’s important to vote. Their reasons were really interesting and you can have a look at some of them here:
Amy hopes to repeat this exercise later in the year – so look out for more reasons to vote, and please share your own. You can see more of Amy’s activities in this twitter moment:
To celebrate Vote 100, we’re sharing 100 little ways that citizens in Kirklees are doing something to strengthen our local democracy. If you’ve been inspired by Amy’s little deed for democracy, why not show people the pamphlet, spend some time talking about reasons for voting and collect some more reasons? We’d love to hear how you get on: Share your little deeds for local democracy
At the Notwestminster 2018 PechaKucha Night, performance poet Rose Condo gave an inspiring talk about understanding her place in the world and how we all benefit from the presence of women.
A PechaKucha is a fast-paced event full of exciting speakers and topics. Each speaker talks for 6 minutes 40 seconds on a theme of their choosing, following a “20 slides for 20 seconds” format. In this special democracy-themed PechaKucha hosted by The Media Centre in Huddersfield, Rose showed just how much insight and experience you can pack into those few minutes.
Rose talked about how we need to pay attention to where women are absent, and what all people might miss by not seeing how women look at the world. She talked about what we all gain when women engage in communities, and how we can be inspired by our rich history of democratic engagement.
Rose wanted to acknowledge that she has the right to be present, to be engaged, to be here, because of the work of so many women before her.
Our thanks to Rose, and to Brent Woods at The Media Centre who recorded Rose’s ‘Democracy of Presence’ talk so that you can listen in full:
To celebrate Vote 100, we’re sharing 100 little ways that citizens in Kirklees are doing something to strengthen our local democracy. If you’ve been inspired by Rose’s talk, have a think about whether you could share your own experiences at a local community event or meeting. We’d love to hear how you get on: Share your little deeds for local democracy