Yardley MP Jess Phillips is attending a number of meetings and events in Parliament today to celebrate 100 years since some women got the vote.
February 6th marks 100 years since the Representation of the People Act granted the vote to women over the age of 30 who met a property qualification. The same Act also gave the vote to all men over the age of 21.
The Representation of the People Act increased the electorate from 8 to 21 million, yet a huge gulf remained between women and men. It took another 10 years for women over 21 to be given the same voting rights as men, and a further 41 years until it was lowered to 18.
Jess Phillips MP said:
"The message of the suffragettes is as important now as it is was 100 years ago."
"We've achieved a lot in 100 years, but women still very much need to carve a place for themselves in politics so there is a lot more to do!"