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Women’s Rights Campaigners March in London

2022-12-14

Author(s): Scott Douglas Jacobsen

Publication (Outlet/Website): Medium (Humanist Voices)

Publication Date (yyyy/mm/dd): 2018/03/17

Women marched in London, United Kingdom. The March4Women marked the 100th anniversary of women earning the right to vote in the United Kingdom as well, which was a historic event and makes this a historic anniversary protest march.

Khan said, “It is an honour to walk in the footsteps of the women and men who fought for women’s suffrage, retracing their protest route from Parliament to Trafalgar Square.”

Celebrities took part in the march including “Bianca Jagger, Anne-Marie Duff, Natalie Imbruglia, Biffy Clyro and Michael Sheen joined London’s mayor Sadiq Khan on the march.”

One protestor was the famed actor Michael Sheen, who said that he would take a pay cut to make a point about equal pay. The protestors were calling for an end to violence in the workplace and gender discrimination.

“I think it’s absolutely imperative that no matter what the industry, no matter what the profession, that people should be paid the same for doing the same work. That’s just a given,” Sheen stated.

The Gulf News stated that the thousands were present at the protest, even upwards of 10,000 according to Refinery29. This is seen by some as an uptick in the intensity of the demands for various kinds of equality.

“I think we are living in a world where there are some dinosaurs that are trying to take us back. And there are those that are moving together, trying to say ‘that’s not the way we want this world to look’,” Helen Pankhurst, great-granddaughter of suffragette Emmeline Pankhurst, said, “and moving us forward, and looking at issues around inequality and naming prejudice and all sorts of forms of entitlement, that just shouldn’t be part of the scene of the 21st century.”

MalayMail Online stated that the march started in Millbank’s Old Palace Yard and finished in Trafalgar Square with important speeches on women’s right to vote in history, where women’s rights campaigners spoke in the same place leading up to the Representation of the People Act of 1918.

Women who owned property, through the act, were able to vote if over the age of 30, which was the first for women. This paved the way for universal women’s suffrage as a movement with some tactics including “arson and bomb attacks.”

This was the sixth annual march of Care International. Many protestors had sashes bearing the words “deeds not words.” Theresa May supported the protestors.

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