100 Years since Women got the vote

Melissa Benn

The Alfred Gillett Trust presents the final talk in the popular 2017 twilight talk series for International Women’s Day.

Next year, the country will be celebrating the 100th anniversary of the Representation of the People Act, which finally granted women (over 30) the vote and paved the way to a universal franchise.

In this informal talk, ranging over significant developments of the past century, Melissa Benn will assess how women voters have changed our democracy and our national life, what contribution women have made to the parliamentary and broader political process and examine the obstacles that still stand in the way of women getting to the very top of British politics.


Melissa Benn is a writer, essayist and broadcaster who has contributed to numerous newspapers and magazines including the Guardian, the New Statesman and the London Review of Books.  Educated at Holland Park comprehensive and the London School of Economics, she’s penned eight books on themes ranging from education to women’s lives and has published two novels, exploring the relationship between politics and personal life. She comes from a long line of politically active men – and women; so politics is in her blood!



Thursday 2 NOVEMBER, 6pm

Alfred Gillett Trust, The Grange, Street

Access: To the right of the food court/car park entrance to Clarks Village


Free from Eventbrite

The views expressed in this presentation are those of the speaker’s, and not the Alfred Gillett Trust

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