To mark the centenary of The Representation of the People Act 1918 which paved the way to men and women over 21 gaining the right to vote ten years later, 3rd Otley Brownies has signed up to EqualiTeas.
EqualiTeas is part of a programme of events from UK Parliament to mark 2018’s important milestones for democracy. EqualiTeas, which gives people across the UK the chance to share, debate, and celebrate what equality means to them over a cup of tea, took place between 18th June and 2nd July.
3rd Otley Brownies welcomed Alex Sobel MP to attend their EqualiTeas event on Thursday 28th June. Alex spoke with each Brownie Six about his time in parliament and local events.
The Brownies also invited their mums, who helped in the democracy discussions. The event was washed down with a cup of tea or squash with cake and biscuits.
2018 marks 100 years since The Representation of the People Act 1918 extended the right to vote to all men over 21 and the first women, making this one of the most important centenaries in British democratic history. Ten years later The Representation of the People (Equal Franchise) Act 1928, gave all men and women over 21 the right to vote. These acts followed years of campaigning, with the first petition to Parliament asking for votes for women presented to the House of Commons on 3 August 1832.
Historically, tea parties were hotbeds of political activism. It was one of the few ways women could meet without men to discuss and plan. The leading suffrage organisations used tea parties and tea shops as central elements in their campaigning, to increase awareness, discuss tactics and raise money.
Evie a Brownie Sixer, said “3rd Otley Brownie Leaders thought it was great that a busy MP could come along and support our event, we really appreciated it. I had a conversation with Alex who said that just under one third of MPs in the House of Commons are women and that women could undertake all jobs in this country except underground mining.”
David Clark, Head of Education and Engagement at UK Parliament, said “Whether it’s chatting about the issues over a cup of tea, or engaging with one of the many exciting events as part of this year’s Vote 100 celebrations, there are many opportunities for schools, workplaces and community groups across Leeds to get involved in these key anniversaries.
“We can only work towards a more equal society by communicating with each other and building stronger communities, so please sign up for EqualiTeas to share the things we have in common and debate the changes we would like to see.”
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• Photo shows 3rd Otley Brownies will Alex Sobel MP.
• Further information about EqualiTeas can be found here
• This year, UK Parliament Week will take place from 12-18 November. Schools are invited to take part in this festival, and engage pupils with the UK Parliament. Schools can register events from now, and they will receive a free kit including activities, ideas and all the materials needed to take part. Find out more and register, before 30 September here.