Bristol Women’s Voice and Bristol City Council win bid for events
celebrating 100 years of women’s suffrage.

Bristol Women’s Voice and Bristol City Council have won their bid to the Government Equality Office’s ‘Centenary Cities: 100 years of votes for women’ fund. The grant will enable an incredibly exciting programme of events to go ahead in the city over the next year.

Bristol was a hotbed of suffrage activity in the early 20th century. The programme of events will celebrate our history as a city of change-makers and consider how we can continue our fight for equality for years to come.

Penny Gane, Chair of Bristol Women’s Voice and Bristol Women’s Commission
said: “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.”

The programme includes a lantern parade down Park Street to a City Hall
reception on February 6 th 2018 to mark the day, 100 years ago, when women
over 30 who owned property were given the right to vote. The Wills tower and
The Victoria Rooms will be illuminated in suffragette colours. At City Hall, a
choir of 100 girls will sing ‘The March of the Women’ by Dame Ethel Smyth,
who was a prominent composer and key member of the movement for Votes
for Women.

The city’s main International Women’s Day event in 2018 will be held at City
Hall with an exciting and packed programme including music, interactive
theatre, hot topic debates and much, much more.

Other activities include a celebration of women composers at St. George’s and Show of Strength
theatre’s Audience with Sarah Guppy. M Shed will host an exhibition, talks and guided suffragette tours; schools will
run conferences for girls with positive role models; Future Brunels will hold a
hands-on science event for girls on International Women in Engineering Day; a
citywide digital game will take place; Upfest will commission female graffiti
artists to celebrate women past, present and future; actors dressed as
suffragettes will be out in Bristol during Democracy week explaining what
these women did for us and why it is still so important to vote.

Bristol Women’s Voice is kicking off the celebrations on December 12 th 2017
with a pop-up shop at Bristol University’s Beacon House (at the top of Park
Street) selling a range of beautiful woman-made products and our special edition suffrage
centenary mugs. The funds raised will go towards our work.